Joseph Mallord William Turner

Verses (Inscription by Turner)

c.1808

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 115 × 76 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D06723
Turner Bequest CII 2

Catalogue entry

For the longer draft poems to which Turner’s verses belong, see Introduction to the sketchbook and note to folio 1 verso (D06722). 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:
In ardent Summer’s golden [?measure]
and balmy ether sweetness full
Sweet as the fragrant gale that blows
By dewy morn o[’e]r opening rose
Sweet as the flower that calls the bee
To revel deep in Luxury
As wild Thyme sweet on sunny bank
That morn’s first ray delighted drank
Sweet as the Honey’d drop that holds
The Wanton fly in treachrous folds
Such sweets does summer daily pour
Oer man oer field oer hill oer flower
The first two lines are written in pencil, the rest in ink.

David Blayney Brown
March 2007

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