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- After Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
- Line engraving on paper
- Transferred from the British Museum 1988
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.
Gallery label, August 2004
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