T05192 Venice: Bellini's Pictures Being Conveyed to the Church of the Redentore engr. J.T. Willmore
Line-engraving 392 × 610 (15 7/8 × 24) on India paper laid on wove paper 637 × 812 (25 1/16 × 32); plate-mark 582 × 732 (22 15/16 × 28 13/16)
Purchased (Grant-in-Aid) 1988
Prov: ...; N.W. Lott and H.J. Gerrish Ltd, from whom bt by Tate Gallery
Lit: Rawlinson II 1913, no.677a, engraver's proof; Herrmann 1990, p.243
Engraver's proof of plate published singly 1858. Original oil painting: private collection (Butlin and Joll 1984, no.393). This plate was one of twenty large steel plates executed after Turner's death. The majority of the engravers employed on these posthumous plates, such as Willmore (see T05189), had worked under Turner before and were therefore capable of producing high quality engravings even without the artist's guidance.
In vol.I of Rawlinson's catalogue, this plate was erroneously dated as being published in 1852 and listed as no.668. The engraving was given the new number, 677a in vol.II, when it was redated to 1858, the date of the first published state, issued by the Art Union of London.
Tate Gallery: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions 1986-88, London 1996