After Joseph Mallord William Turner
Eton, from the Slough Road, engraved by Byrne published 1803

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Eton, from the Slough Road, engraved by Byrne
Date Published 1803
Medium Engraving on paper
Acquisition Transferred from the British Museum 1988
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Turner's designs for Britannia Depicta
are generally superior to those of other contributors such as Thomas Hearne and Joseph Farington. However, the quality
of the published prints do not do justice
to his original watercolours. Byrne favours somewhat heavy-handed etched lines, particularly evident in the foreground
and foliage of 'Eton', and formulaic
cross-hatched engraved lines, for example in the clouds in the top right corner. These traditional techniques
give the print a rather hard, uninspired appearance and fail to convey the subtle qualities of Turner's watercolour vision.

August 2004

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