After Joseph Mallord William Turner Pope’s Villa, engraved by Pye and Heath published 1811

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Pope’s Villa, engraved by Pye and Heath
Date Published 1811
Medium Engraving on paper
Acquisition Transferred from the British Museum 1988
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This was the first engraving after his
work of which Turner greatly approved. The engraver, John Pye, has abandoned the regimented cross-hatching and
heavy areas of etching characteristic of the older school in favour of finer, more flowing lines which do justice to Turner's subtle treatment of light and shade. On first seeing the plate after his oil painting of Pope's villa in Twickenham, Turner is said to have exclaimed 'This will do! You can see the lights; had I known that there was a man who could do that, I would have had it done before'.

September 2004

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