after Joseph Mallord William Turner



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After Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Line engraving on paper
Image: 86 × 142 mm
Purchased 1987

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Turner made forty designs to illustrate
the published volumes of Walter Scott's Prose Works. He set out to represent
not only the districts and places
described in Scott's text but also to
evoke the mood of the essays. Literary illustration afforded Turner the luxury of experimenting with dramatic landscape. He was not restricted to topography alone. The powerful nature of this particular landscape is emphasised
by the vortex-like storm clouds.

Gallery label, September 2004

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Catalogue entry

[from] Scott's Prose Works pub.1834–6 [T04727-T04763; T04961-T04994; complete]

Thirty-four line-engravings by various engravers, comprising thirty-four subjects out of a total of forty; various sizes
Purchased (Grant-in-Aid) 1987
Prov: ...; Waltham Abbey Historical Trust, from whom bt by Tate Gallery
Lit: As for T04727-T04763 above

For details of the series see introduction to T04727-T04763. The engravings in this set were all bought unmounted from the Waltham Abbey Historical Trust, along with impressions from Scott's Poetical Works (see introduction to T04947-T04960).

The engravers responsible for the plates in this group were: William Miller (1796–1882), who executed the majority of the plates, John Horsburgh (1791–1869), who produced seven plates in this group, William Richardson (active 1836–77) and Edward Goodall (1795–1870), who each produced one plate.

T04989 Glencoe engr. W. Miller, pub.1836

Line-engraving 86 × 142 (3 3/8 × 5 9/16) on India paper laid on wove paper 300 × 436 (11 7/8 × 17 3/16); plate-mark 150 × 210 (5 1/2 × 8 1/4)
Engraved inscriptions as on T04985
Lit: As for T04756

For publication details and original watercolour see T04756.

Published in:
Tate Gallery: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions 1986-88, London 1996

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