JOSEPH MALLORD TURNER
LONDON 1775 – LONDON 1851
Joseph Mallord William Turner RA, known contemporarily as William Turner, was an English Romantic painter, printmaker and watercolorist. The Turner Bequest 1856 represents a full inventory of paintings created at a titanic scale, surviving the artist practically intact and maintained by the government in trust for the citizens of Britain. The large subset of masterpieces are available to be seen at the Tate Britain in London.
This print is one of seventy printed by Charles Turner in conjunction with the artist who created his “Liber Studiorum” in homage to Claude Lorraine’s original, complementary work, “Liber Veritatis” or Book of Truth.
The sheet is conserved having been removed from Liber Studiorum. It is the third state, earlier than 1869 and was the frontispiece. With the initial “H” 4cm above the image; lettered below the image: “Jason. 3 by 4.”, “Drawn & Etched by J.M.W. Turner R. A.”, “Pict. 3 Ft. by 4.” “Engraved by C. Turner”, and “Published as the Act directs by J.M.W. Turner Harley Street”; annotated in pencil inside the mount 11.9.13 AJF.”; annotated in pencil on the verso “5-1”; with a very faded pencil annotation on the recto beginning “4th state …”.
DIMENSIONS: 206 mm x 290 mm Support185 × 264 mm