Joseph Mallord William Turner

Verses (Inscriptions by Turner)


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Ink and graphite on paper
Support: 185 × 108 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CVI 34 a

Catalogue entry

Rosalind Mallord Turner’s reading for the 1990 Tate exhibition is followed here:
[in pencil] And or fancy newly got with vanity displayed
And the drear copse his doubtful way explored
Deep with the river
The well known way to lonely open hills
Twill first with leaves decaying the stranger fills
[in ink] The swallow circling sees the rising skies
To Southern Gales her full grown pinion trys
Leaves us to care shrink to the piercing blast
That to the grounds the woods and honor cast
[in pencil]And seeking nature deep and brown around
That to the ground the leafy honours cast
See the year honors
[in ink] The Crimson briar the darkened hair
The deadly night shade bare
Winter approaching chills the nightly air
This is another passage from a poem about autumn, begun on folio 2 verso of the sketchbook (D07134).

David Blayney Brown
July 2010

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