Joseph Mallord William Turner

Verses (Inscription by Turner)

c.1806

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 107 × 182 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D06164
Turner Bequest XCVII 83

Catalogue entry

Written with the sketchbook inverted. Only partly published by Finberg, Turner’s verses were transcribed in full by Rosalind Mallord Turner, whose reading is followed here;
Discord dire Sister of Etherial Jove
Coeval – hostile even to heavenly love
[By envy deleted] stung unasked the feast to share
[For Psyche deleted] marriage
unasked at Psyche marriage feast to share
Stung with revenge and envious of the fair
Fierce as the noxious blast of wintry skies
Rushed oer the vales where Hesperean Gardens rise
A longer version of this passage is on the verso (D06165), for which see catalogue note for discussion.

David Blayney Brown
September 2008

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