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
D07948
Turner Bequest CXIII 61 a

Catalogue entry

These verses were first transcribed by Rosalind Mallord Turner, whose reading is followed here:
Again the thundering gun then fires
Again another helpless lies
Not the coarse ling or splashing Spring
Prevent oh no tis alike to him
Wades falls or swims [alike inserted] pursue
And must with blood his hand embrue
This passage belongs to the longer poem about a shooting accident for which see Introduction to the sketchbook and note to folio 13 verso (D07873).

David Blayney Brown
August 2009

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