Joseph Mallord William Turner

Verses (Inscriptions by Turner)

1809

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 83 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D07877
Turner Bequest CXIII 15 a

Catalogue entry

These verses were first transcribed by Jack Lindsay, and then by Rosalind Mallord Turner, whose reading is largely followed here:
O Graceous power that preserves us here
Chears us in Hope and checks us from despair
That turns away the blot of one mischance
And made the accident turn this advance
To teach us how unfortunate to know
In works of goodness is to all below
See Introduction to the sketchbook and note to folio 13 verso (D07873) for Turner’s poem about a shooting accident, to which these verses must belong.

David Blayney Brown
July 2009

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