Joseph Mallord William Turner

Aldborough, Suffolk

c.1826

Medium
Watercolour and gouache on paper
Dimensions
Support: 280 x 400 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Bequeathed by Beresford Rimington Heaton 1940
Reference
N05236

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Between 1826 and 1838 Charles Heath published a series of engravings called the 'Picturesque Views in England and Wales' after watercolours by Turner. Comprising a total of ninety-six views, this constitutes Turner's most sustained analysis of the lives of his countrymen and their environment. The prints for this series, such as those of 'Alnwick' and 'Stone Henge', were produced through line engraving on copper plates. Turner sold all the finished watercolours during his lifetime so that none became a part of the Turner Bequest: 'Aldborough', issued in the third part of the publication, was acquired separately. There are, however, a number of preparatory studies which relate to engraved subjects.

Gallery label, August 2004

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