After Joseph Mallord William Turner
Kirkstall Lock, on the River Aire, engraved by W. Say 1827

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Kirkstall Lock, on the River Aire, engraved by W. Say
Date 1827
Medium Mezzotint on paper
Dimensions Image: 154 x 228 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1986
Reference
T04816
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In 1822 the publisher W B Cooke commissioned new designs from Turner for a series to be entitled The Rivers of England, also known as 'River Scenery'. Cooke and Turner had already worked together on several topographical projects but this one pioneered the
use of mezzotint on steel-faced plates. This technique was mastered by the engraver Thomas Lupton.

 

By 1826 Turner had made some
seventeen highly finished watercolours for this series, depicting river scenery
the length and breadth of England.

August 2004

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