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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Verses (Inscriptions by Turner) c.1807-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 74 Verso:
Verses (Inscriptions by Turner) circa 1807–8
Turner Bequest XCVI 72a
Inscribed by Turner in pencil (see main catalogue entry) on white laid paper, 163 x 92 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
See note to folio 68 of the sketchbook (D06053) for background to these verses. Rosalind Mallord Turner, though she attempted readings of most of the related verses in this sketchbook, was unable to progress further than the first line on this leaf, ‘Raised like the house by some rude affront’. The present writer is also unable to decipher the remaining twelve lines. The theme, however, must be the demolition of Alexander Pope’s villa at Twickenham, in 1807; see also, chiefly, folio 45 (D06015).

David Blayney Brown
October 2006

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Verses (Inscriptions by Turner) c.1807–8 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, October 2006, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-verses-inscriptions-by-turner-r1130242, accessed 05 June 2020.