Samuel Rogers was a banker, poet, collector and wit, as well as a friend and executor of Turner. He commissioned Turner to design illustrations for a new edition of his long poem Italy. The book, with its finely-crafted steel-engravings, appeared in 1830, and was followed a few years later by a companion volume of Rogers's Poems. These were hugely successful publications, bringing Turner's work to a new generation that included the young John Ruskin. Not surprisingly, Turner was subsequently asked to illustrate the works of other contemporary poets, such as Sir Walter Scott and Lord Byron.