Joseph Mallord William Turner

Notes on Grammar (Inscriptions by Turner)


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Pen and ink on paper
Support: 185 × 108 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CVI 67

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Turner’s notes read:
The Roman understood liberty at least as well as we. | Adverb, quality ought to consider intimately | connected with the object spoken of partic... only | who which what whose | wholly, least | relative pronouns always to follow | or precede the quality expressed) which always refers gram | to the immediately preceding substantive. | It is folly to arm ourselves (against the accidents | of Life)) by heaping up treasures which nothing can protect | us against but our heavenly Father. artificial Construction | or inversion. Lord Shaftesbury speaking of Vice: | This, as to the complete immoral State is what of their | own accord, men readily remark, where there is this absolute degeneracy, this total apostacy from all | candour, trust, or equity, there are few who do not see, | and acknowledge the misery which is consequent. Seldom | is the case misconstrued when at work. The misfortune | is that we look not in this depravity, nor consider how | it stands, in less degrees. As if to be absolutely immoral | were indeed the greatest misery or harme at all. Which to | allow, is just as reasonable as to own, that is the | greatest ill of a Body to be in the utmost manner maim’ed | or distorted; but that is to lose the use of one limb or to | be impaird in some single organ or member is no ill | worthy. The least notice...Poorness |
Our sight is the most perfect & most | deceitful of all our senses It fills the mind with the greatest | variety of ideas converses with its object at the greatest distance | & continues the longest in action without being tired or satiated with its | proper enjoyments. The sense of feeling can indeed, give us a distance of | extension, shape, color all other [feelings deleted] ideas that enter at the Eye –| except color but at the same time it is very much ... & confirmd | in the operation. Nature care & simplicity | Climax. When our passions have forsaken us, we flatter | ourselves with the belief that we have forsaken them. Better | we flatter ourselves when our passions have forsaken us

David Blayney Brown
July 2010

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