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 Verso:
Stanzas Referring to Jonathan Wathen Phipps and Baroness Howe (Inscription by Turner) c.1812–13
D09059
Turner Bequest CXXIX 1a
Ink on white wove paper, 110 x 178 mm
Inscribed by Turner in ink (see main catalogue entry)
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Written from left to right down the page, and continued on folio 2 (D09060), opposite, Turner’s inscription reads:
Doth W Phipp continue on
To practice of his skill
A Blindness case requires him now
To act even more by knowing Howe
How asked the skillfull oculist
To practice, not desist
A blindness [requiring?] the fair
Requires all that you can spare
Her blindness case the shining fair
Required more than he could spare1
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-r1146781, accessed 23 June 2024.