Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscription by Turner: ?A Draft of Poetry

c.1807–14

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
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
D08319
Turner Bequest CXXII 24

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, Turner has inscribed about ten lines, some of which are barely begun, apparently as a tentative draft of poetry.1 Other than occasional words such as ‘Alas poor’, the fragmentary text is so faded and rubbed as to be effectively illegible.

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 18041812, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1990.

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