J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Stanzas Referring to Jonathan Wathen Phipps and Baroness Howe (Inscription by Turner) c.1812-13

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 1 Recto:
Stanzas Referring to Jonathan Wathen Phipps and Baroness Howe (Inscription by Turner) c.1812–13
D09058
Turner Bequest CXXIX 1
Inscribed by Turner in ink with verse (see main catalogue entry) on white wove paper, 110 x 178 mm
Trace of inscription by ?John Ruskin in red ink ‘1 [?]’ bottom right
Stamped in brown ‘CXXIX 1’
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Written from right to left down the page, as if inside the back cover and continued on the inside front cover (D40818), opposite, Turner’s inscription reads:
‘Doth Phipp continues practice still
Or doth he quite [=quiet] lie
Neither replies [?] – the clamrous world
Pry in or probing others –
He acts since he ^now knows Howe
Either his ... ... smile
Or looks [at?] eyes against his will
Can Phipps retire from practice
Can [k]nown from influence
Doth Phipp eer hope to practice on
Credulity and British fair – pain’ 1
For notes on Phipps and Howe and related verses in this sketchbook see inside front cover (D40818).

David Hill
October 2008

1
The transcription here is indebted to, but differs in some respects from that offered by Rosalind Mallord Turner in Wilton and Mallord Turner 1990.

How to cite

David Hill, ‘Stanzas Referring to Jonathan Wathen Phipps and Baroness Howe (Inscription by Turner) c.1812–13 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, October 2008, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, September 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-stanzas-referring-to-jonathan-wathen-phipps-and-baroness-r1146780, accessed 23 June 2024.