Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscription by Turner: ?A Draft of Poetry

c.1807–14

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 x 69 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08287
Turner Bequest CXXII 3 a

Catalogue entry

The ten lines here, written with the page turned vertically, are so rubbed as to be effectively illegible; virtually as much of the graphite is offset on folio 4 recto opposite (D08288) as remains here. The regularity and spacing suggest the lines may be a draft of poetry.1 There is a similar, slightly more legible inscription on folio 4 verso (D08289).

Matthew Imms
September 2013

1
For the fullest account of such material see Andrew Wilton and Rosalind Mallord Turner, Painting and Poetry: Turner’s ‘Verse Book’ and his Work of 1804–1812, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1990.

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