Joseph Mallord William Turner

Verses (Inscription by Turner)

c.1816–19

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 155 x 95 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D10415
Turner Bequest CXL 3 a

Catalogue entry

These lines were not transcribed by Finberg, who must have found them illegible. A few lines can be made out, as follows:
Another victim follows to the mild
Fair fleeting hope and wild ambitions child
Salmoneus, he who reard the highest wall
And mighty Bulwark to impress his power
Equal to his descent from them...
High Zeus
There is a longer version of this passage on the recto (D10414), some of it also illegible but about vanity and hubris. For Salmoneus see note to the recto.

David Blayney Brown
July 2011

Read full Catalogue entry

You might like