Joseph Mallord William Turner

Verse (Inscription by Turner)

c.1809–11

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 88 × 110 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D07721
Turner Bequest CXI 82 a

Catalogue entry

Rosalind Mallord Turner’s reading of Turner’s inscription for the 1990 Tate exhibition is largely followed here:
Exhausted gasping in the throw of death
The mighty Python writhed
The harder rock his coiling body wounds
Beneath the face the crashing soul demands
In dreadful hold they shift along the ground
For verses on the slaughter of the dragon Python by Apollo in this sketchbook, and their background, see chiefly note to folio 17 (D07617).

David Blayney Brown
May 2011

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