Mer de Glace, plate 50 from Liber Studiorum

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

Date:

published May 12, 1812

Artist:

Joseph Mallord William Turner
English, 1775-1851

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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Artist

Joseph Mallord William Turner

Title

Mer de Glace, plate 50 from Liber Studiorum

Origin

England

Date

1812

Medium

Etching and mezzotint in brown on ivory wove paper

Dimensions

180 × 255 mm (image); 217 × 293 mm (plate); 279 × 388.5 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Joseph Brooks Fair Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1915.857

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