View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
Turner produced watercolours for print series using drawings and notes taken
on the spot during travels around the country on summer sketching tours.
The watercolours were then loaned to or bought by the publisher for reproduction in black and white, in this case by the established engraver, William Byrne.
This watercolour, the first in the
Britannia Depicta series to be engraved and now part of the Oppé Collection,
was once owned by the collector and connoisseur, WG Rawlinson who
compiled the standard catalogue
of the engraved work after Turner.
Gallery label, September 2004