after Joseph Mallord William Turner

Malta, engraved by Edward Finden

published 1832

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Medium
Line engraving on paper
Dimensions
None
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Transferred from the British Museum 1988
Reference
T06176

Display caption

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