After Joseph Mallord William TurnerDudley, Worcestershire, engraved by R. Wallis published 1835

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After Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775‑1851)
Dudley, Worcestershire, engraved by R. Wallis
Date published 1835
MediumEngraving on paper
Acquisition Transferred from the British Museum 1988
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Dudley, in the Midlands, had been associated with iron production since the middle ages. However, during the eighteenth century the industry expanded massively and a new canal system was introduced. Turner’s composition, recorded in this engraving, contrasts the industrial and commercial activity in the foreground with the town’s old buildings silhouetted on the hill.

The art critic John Ruskin said that the castle and church spire seen in this way represented ‘the passing away of the baron and the monk’ in the face of modern industry.

August 2004

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