After Joseph Mallord William Turner
Tours, Looking Backwards, engraved by F.C. Lewis ?1830–2

Artwork details

Tours, Looking Backwards, engraved by F.C. Lewis
Date ?1830–2
Medium Aquatint on paper
Dimensions Image: 130 x 189 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1988
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

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This is one of two aquatints based on Turner's Loire subjects by Frederick Christian Lewis (the other is a view of the chateau at Nantes from the Cours St-Pierre). Lewis had worked with Turner on the Liber Studiorum, but their working relationship had been difficult. It is not known when Lewis made the two aquatints. One theory is that they were created in the late 1820s as a means of establishing in what form the Loire images should be published. Another possibility is that Lewis sought to make pirate editions of some of the set for his own gain. Shortly after the publication of Turner's set, his images were reworked by others in both Britain and France.

September 2004