Philip James De Loutherbourg

Part of the Fforest Copper Works, Clase

1786 or 1800

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Philip James De Loutherbourg 1740–1812
Pen and ink and graphite on paper
Support: 80 × 113 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLXXII 25

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This drawing comes from a group of designs by de Loutherbourg originally owned by Turner. Other drawings from this group are shown nearby. They all show Turner exploring the picturesque potential of the industrial landscapes of Shropshire and Wales. Such industrialised areas were popular with tourists. Travellers came to wonder at the achievements of modern industry, and enjoy the sublimity of the landscape.

The French-born de Loutherbourg came to London to work as a theatre designer. He was a successful and highly versatile artist, especially famous for his exploration of theatrical light effects.

Gallery label, September 2004

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