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The Frontispiece to Liber Studiorum

A work made of mezzotint and etching in brown on ivory wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of mezzotint and etching in brown on ivory wove paper.


Published May 23, 1812


Joseph Mallord William Turner (English, 1775-1851)
border engraved by J.C. Easling (British, active 19th century)

About this artwork

J. M. W. Turner’s paintings epitomized the sublime, a sense of awe-inspiring beauty beyond simple loveliness. His evocative etching and mezzotint print series, the Liber Studiorum (1807–19), was just as influential. Printed in sepia lines and tonal areas evoking Old Master drawing ink and modeling, Turner’s series of 71 prints is an extended ode to the landscape. The letters above each work designate the subject type, including architectural (A), pastoral (P) and elevated pastoral (EP), and historical (H), marine (M), and mountainous (M). Turner’s exhaustive categories inspired John Constable to produce a further-specialized mezzotint series of 22 English landscapes.

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Joseph Mallord William Turner


The Frontispiece to Liber Studiorum




Published 1812


Mezzotint and etching in brown on ivory wove paper


189 × 267 mm (image); 213 × 296 mm (plate); 298 × 440 mm (sheet)

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The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection

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