Joseph Mallord William Turner

Tornaro, for Rogers’s ‘Poems’

c.1830–2

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
None
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D27689
Turner Bequest CCLXXX 172

Display caption

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’.

Gallery label, July 2008

Catalogue entry