Tuesday, August 14, 2012


JMW Turner - Shade and Darkness - the Evening of the Deluge (oil on canvas) 1843

"Aloft all hands, strike the top-masts and belay;

Yon angry setting sun and fierce-edged clouds

Declare the Typhon's coming.

Before it sweeps your decks, throw overboard

The dead and dying - ne'er heed their chains

Hope, Hope, fallacious Hope!

Where is thy market now?"

-From JMW Turner's unfinished and unpublished poem Fallacies of Hope, 1812. For the full text of Turner's verse see A. J. Finberg, The Life of J.M.W. Turner, R.A., 2nd ed., 1961, p. 474 

also see these two posts. 1 & 2

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