After Joseph Mallord William TurnerDudley, Worcestershire 1835

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After Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775‑1851)
Dudley, Worcestershire
Date 1835
MediumLine engraving on paper
Dimensionsimage: 163 x 239 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1988
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This print comes from Turner’s series, Picturesque Views in England and Wales. Here, however, rather than focusing on the conventionally ‘picturesque’ subjects of castles, abbeys or ruins, he puts industrial activity firmly in the foreground. Dudley’s convenient location at the heart England, in an area rich in raw materials, had helped its transformation into a busy industrial centre. But as so often with Turner’s landscapes there is still a pointed reminder of the past, in form of the ruined castle on the hill in the background.

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