After Joseph Mallord William TurnerJunction of the Greta and the Tees 1834

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After Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775‑1851)
Junction of the Greta and the Tees
Date 1834
MediumLine engraving on paper
Dimensionsimage: 83 x 146 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1987
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Catalogue entry

[from] Scott's ‘Poetical Works’ pub.1833–4 [T04947-T04960; T05134-T05145; complete]

Fourteen line-engravings by various engravers, comprising fourteen subjects out of a total of twenty-four; on India paper laid on wove paper of various sizes
Purchased (Grant-in-Aid) 1987
Prov: ...; Waltham Abbey Historical Trust, from whom bt by Tate Gallery
Lit: Mordechai Omer, Turner and the Poets, exh. cat., Marble Hill House 1975; Gerald Finley, Landscapes of Memory: Turner as Illustrator to Scott, 1980; Turner in Scotland, exh. cat., Aberdeen Art Gallery 1982; Andrew Wilton, Turner in his Time, 1987; John Gage, J.M.W. Turner: 'A Wonderful Range of Mind', 1987

In 1831 Turner was commissioned by Scott's Edinburgh publisher, Robert Cadell, to illustrate the Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott. This was planned to follow on consecutively from the illustrated ‘Magnum’ edition of Scott's Waverley novels of 1829–33, which had proved highly profitable, and was to be part of Cadell's scheme to re-publish, in a uniform format, all Scott's writings in verse and prose. The author had gone bankrupt in 1826 and Cadell insisted that Turner illustrate the proposed edition, claiming, in a letter to the author on 28 March 1831, ‘With his pencil, I shall insure the subscription of 8,000, without, not 3,000’ (National Library of Scotland MS 3917, fol.142)… (read more)

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