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This vignette illustration, which accompanied Samuel Rogers's volume of Poems, was engraved on a steel plate. Steel as opposed to copper plates were more suitable for executing such delicate designs. The relative hardness of steel allowed extremely fine detail to be engraved in this small format.
The subject matter of some of Rogers's poems allowed Turner to use material
from his earlier sketchbooks, gathered on previous tours in England. This engraving shows Turner's poetical treatment of the ruins of Bolton Abbey on the banks of the River Wharfe.