T05189 Ancient Italy engr. J.T. Willmore
Line-engraving 432 × 600 (17 × 23 5/8) on India paper laid on wove paper 679 × 917 (26 3/4 × 36 1/8); plate-mark 527 × 731 (20 3/4 × 28 3/4)
Inscribed: see below. Engraved inscriptions: ‘Painted by J.M.W. Turner, Esq. R.A.’ below image b.l., ‘Etched by J.T. Willmore.’ below image b.r.
Purchased (Grant-in-Aid) 1988
Prov: ...; N.W. Lott and H.J. Gerrish Ltd, from whom bt by Tate Gallery
Lit: Rawlinson II 1913, no.657, engraver's proof (b); Herrmann 1990, p.231, pl.185
Engraver's proof of plate published singly 1842. Original oil painting: private collection (Butlin and Joll 1984, no.375). Rawlinson describes the complicated changes in ownership of the copper-plate of ‘Ancient Italy’ and its various printings, some of which were from electrotypes copied from the original plate. The identification of states for ‘Ancient Italy’ is consequently rather difficult, especially since impressions seem to have been issued, such as those by the National Art Union, in deliberate imitation of engraver's proofs. This impression, however, appears to be a genuine engraver's proof, published by F.G…