After Joseph Mallord William Turner
The Mew Stone 1816

Artwork details

Date 1816
Medium Intaglio print on paper
Dimensions Image: 160 x 240 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1988
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These two versions of 'The Mew Stone',
a small island to the east of the Plymouth Sound, demonstrate two stages in the printmaking process.


This first, known as an 'open etching',
is the earliest step towards the finished print. The engraver, William Bernard Cooke, has translated Turner's original watercolour into an outline composition using fine etching only. The copper plate is now ready to be overlaid with engraved lines and possibly more heavily etched areas to build up the tonal depth and finish and to add fine detail (see below).


September 2004

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