Joseph Mallord William Turner

Verses (Inscription by Turner)

c.1809–11

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
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
D07676
Turner Bequest CXI 53

Catalogue entry

Rosalind Mallord Turner’s reading of Turner’s inscription for the 1990 Tate exhibition is largely followed here:
Where thy Victorious hand vouchsafed to show
The wonders of thy shaft and golden bow;
When Python from his den was seen to rise
Dire, fierce, tremendous of enormous size;
By thee with many a fatal arrow slain
The Monster sunk extended on the plain
Shaft after shaft in swift succession flew
As swift the people prays in
Shouts and prayers pursue
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
April 2011

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