Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscription by Turner: Song Lyrics

1798–9

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 174 × 125 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01803
Turner Bequest XLII 128

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, lines of verse are inscribed in pen and ink at the top of the page:
A  Eating quaffing at past labours laughing
S  Better far by half in [?spirits] than before
A  Oh how merry then the rested traveller
      Seem [sic] while siting [sic] at the Goatherds door
These lines are the conclusion of the duet, from Samuel Arnold’s 1793 musical play The Mountaineers, beginning ‘Faint and wearily the wayworn traveller’, copied out on the recto (D01804; Turner Bequest XLII 129).
For other pages of lyrics towards the end of this sketchbook, see the entry for the inside of the back cover (D41426).

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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