After Joseph Mallord William Turner
Stone Henge, Wiltshire, engraved by Robert Wallis 1829

Artwork details

Stone Henge, Wiltshire, engraved by Robert Wallis
Date 1829
Medium Engraving on paper
Dimensions Image: 166 x 234 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1986
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Display caption

Turner had drawn this most recognisable of English landmarks several times in
a sketchbook of 1815. This view though bears little resemblance to the actual disposition of Stonehenge. Far
from producing a topographical representation, Turner has instead invented a catastrophic scene. The shepherd and his flock of sheep have been struck down by lightning. It is suggested that Turner introduced this scene of destruction to echo the ruins
of a dead religion, represented by the ancient stones.

A preparatory study inscribed 'Stonehenge' by Turner can be seen in a near by display case.


June 2002

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