After Joseph Mallord William Turner
Malta, engraved by Edward Finden published 1832

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Malta, engraved by Edward Finden
Date Published 1832
Medium Line engraving on paper
Acquisition Transferred from the British Museum 1988
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A view of Valetta harbour, a prosperous and important British station in the Mediterranean. Perhaps based on a drawing by George Reinagle, Turner's design first appeared in part VI of Finden's 'Landscape Illustrations'. Malta is one of 'Calypso's isles', 'sister tenants of the middle deep', mentioned by Byron in 'Childe Harold'. However, the subject most probably refers to Byron's three-week stay on Malta on his way to Greece in 1809.

August 2004

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