Joseph Mallord William Turner

Verses, and Note on Perspective in Raphael’s Tapestry Cartoon ‘Paul Preaching at Athens’ (Inscriptions by Turner)


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Ink on paper
Support: 115 × 76 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CII 24

Catalogue entry

For the longer draft poems to which Turner’s verses belong, see Introduction to the sketchbook. Finberg did not transcribe the verses on this leaf, and the reading given here was first made by Rosalind Mallord Turner for the 1990 Tate exhibition:
The smoking roll is eat with greedy haste
And hope and fear depicted on his face [pace inserted]
His forfeit paid if avarice will allow
To pay save a newly crave[n] cowar[d] blow
Last in privation further loss of self
Such small beginnings are the germ of Wealth
There is also a note on Raphael, written with the sketchbook inverted. This concludes remarks mainly on folio 24 verso (D06767), for which see note for full transcription and comment.

David Blayney Brown
March 2007

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