after Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dover, engraved by J.T. Willmore

published 1851

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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After Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Line engraving on paper
Support: 611 × 818 mm
image: 406 × 595 mm
Purchased 1990

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Never has the sheer labour of the technical process of engraving been
more apparent than in these large single plates. An image engraved to this size on the hard-wearing surface of steel would have taken at least two years to execute.


These prints after Turner's works were circulated in the commercial market
with the effect that his work reached
a far wider audience and his images became famous in his own lifetime. The prints however are undoubtedly works
of art in their own right and not merely reproductions.


Gallery label, August 2004

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