After Joseph Mallord William Turner
Brienne, engraved by William Miller 1834

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Brienne, engraved by William Miller
Date 1834
Medium Line engraving on paper
Dimensions Image: 82 x 145 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1986
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The military academy at Brienne, to the east of Troyes, was where Napoleon had studied as a boy. The sketches Turner made there in 1832 marked the end of his Napoleonic pilgrimage that year. However, as the subject provided an image related to the Emperor's formative years, it was one of the first to be engraved for Robert Cadell's five volume edition of Scott's biography. The actual watercolour for this image has been missing since the end of the nineteenth century, so we are only able to know it from William Miller's engraving. Miller was responsible for all but a couple of the Scott series, and was perhaps the most successful engraver of Turner's watercolours. Indeed his efforts were greatly admired by the artist himself.

September 2004

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