After Joseph Mallord William Turner
Tornaro, engraved by R. Wallis published 1834

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Tornaro, engraved by R. Wallis
Date Published 1834
Medium Line engraving on paper
Dimensions Image: 98 x 86 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1992
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Turner’s watercolour for Tornaro was sensitively translated into black lines and engraved on steel by Robert Wallis. The engraving accompanied the following lines:

‘The shepherd on Tornaro’s misty brow,
And the swart seamen, sailing far below,
Not undelighted watch the morning ray
Purpling the orient - till it breaks away,
And burns and blazes into glorious day!’

John Ruskin described the prints in Rogers’s Poems as ‘the loveliest engravings ever produced by the pure line’.

July 2008

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