T05199 Château de Blois engr. T. Lupton and J. Ruskin, first pub.1888
Mezzotint by Lupton with etched outlines by Ruskin 129 × 180 (5 1/16 × 7 1/16) on India paper laid on wove 204 × 286 (8 × 11 1/4); trimmed mainly within plate-mark.
Engraved inscriptions: ‘Drawn by J.M.W. Turner.’ below image b.l., ‘Engraved by T. Lupton.’ below image b.r., ‘Etched by J.Ruskin. | 85. Chateau de Blois.’ below image at centre
Purchased (Grant-in-Aid) 1988
Prov: ...; N.W. Lott and H.J. Gerrish Ltd, from whom bt by Tate Gallery
Lit: John Ruskin, Modern Painters, v, 1888
An annotated impression of this print in a private collection in the UK states that it was intended for the first edition of the fifth volume of Ruskin's Modern Painters (1860), but that it was not published by George Allen, it appears as illustration no. 85 between pages 155 and 157. Like the impression catalogued here, the published one is printed on India paper laid on wove. The engraving appears in exactly the same position in the fifth volume of George Allen's 1900 edition of Modern Painters as well, though this time printed simply on wove. It can therefore be assumed that the impression catalogued here comes from the 1888 edition; and the way in which the page has been trimmed indicates that it has probably been taken directly from a bound copy.
The original watercolour by Turner on which this print is based is in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (Wilton 1979, no.934). It was once in the collection of John Ruskin himself, who provided the etched outlines for the print.
Tate Gallery: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions 1986-88, London 1996