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 × 83 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D07881
Turner Bequest CXIII 18

Catalogue entry

These verses were first transcribed by Rosalind Mallord Turner, whose reading is followed here:
Ah why unfortunate victim to my zeal
To prove myself a shooter didst thou wheel
High oer his head thy birds plumage young
Not griefull thou he wish thy song
That sounds so like to jealous ears
Dishonoured home succession [all waken his tears inserted]
But circling round his yellow eye
He doomed thy...to die
This passage belongs to a longer poem about a shooting accident, for which see Introduction to the sketchbook and note to folio 13 verso (D07873).
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David Blayney Brown
July 2009

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