after Joseph Mallord William Turner

Gibraltar, engraved by Edward Finden

c.1833

Artist
After Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Line engraving on paper
Dimensions
None
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Transferred from the British Museum 1988
Reference
T06175

Not on display

Display caption

With 'Malta', this was one of the first subjects Turner drew for Finden's 'Landscape Illustrations'; it was promised in October 1830. In fact it only appeared as the frontispiece of a re-issued edition of the series, with text by William Brockedon, in 1833. It was probably always intended as an introductory plate, opening up the Mediterranean world described in much of Byron's writing. George Reinagle, who provided Turner's working drawing, had accompanied Admiral Codrington's fleet during the recent campaign for Greek independence.

Gallery label, August 2004

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