Joseph Mallord William Turner

Verses (Inscription by Turner)

c.1808

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 115 × 76 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D06730
Turner Bequest CII 5 a

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:
As the bold Merchant with [?leaping] [warmth inserted] heart
Looks oer the maze of Speculations chart
Views competition with exulting eyes
As oer the wave his full fraught vessel flies [ride inserted]

David Blayney Brown
March 2007

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