Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscription by Turner: ?A Draft of Poetry


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 110 × 178 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXXXIII 75 a

Catalogue entry

This page comprises two columns of largely illegible text in pencil, of which only occasional, random words can be made out; it is not clear whether they comprise poetry or prose. The lyrical fragment on folio 76 recto opposite (D09773), ‘Gone are the dews of morn [...] | Few are [...] of the’, is probably related, suggesting that the current passage may also be in verse. The pages are not mentioned in Andrew Wilton and Rosalind Mallord Turner’s study and transcriptions of Turner’s poetry.1 See also folios 1 recto and 77 recto (D09668, D09775).

Matthew Imms
July 2014

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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