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The Fall of the Clyde, plate 18 from Liber Studiorum

A work made of mezzotint and etching on ivory paper, laid down on ivory paper.
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  • A work made of mezzotint and etching on ivory paper, laid down on ivory paper.

Date:

published March 29, 1809

Artist:

Joseph Mallord William Turner (English, 1775-1851)
engraved by Charles Turner (English, 1773-1857)

About this artwork

J. M. W. Turner is known primarily as a painter, but demonstrated his passion for landscape through printmaking in this mezzotint, which comes from a series of 71 prints called Liber Studiorum (Book of Studies). Turner categorized the types of landscape with a lettering system at the top of each sheet: A (Architectural), H (Historical), M (Marine or Mountainous), P (Pastoral), and the more obscure EP (Epic Pastoral). The play of light and shade on the water, mountains, fields, and distant views exemplifies Turner’s approach to landscape as an emotive interpretation of reality rather than a topographically accurate one. He chose to use mezzotint, an engraving process that creates tonal gradations similar to the effects of oil painting, to emphasize these light and dark effects.

Status

On View, Gallery 220

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Joseph Mallord William Turner

Title

The Fall of the Clyde, plate 18 from Liber Studiorum

Place

England (Artist's nationality:)

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Published 1809

Medium

Mezzotint and etching on ivory paper, laid down on ivory paper

Dimensions

Image: 18.1 × 26.3 cm (7 3/16 × 10 3/8 in.); Plate: 20.9 × 29.1 cm (8 1/4 × 11 1/2 in.); Primary support: 25.9 × 36.2 cm (10 1/4 × 14 1/4 in.); Secondary support: 30.5 × 40.6 cm (12 1/16 × 16 in.)

Credit Line

The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection

Reference Number

1915.823

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