after Joseph Mallord William Turner

Light Towers of the Hève (Vignette Title Page)

published 1834

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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After Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Intaglio print on paper
Transferred from the Library 1989

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Turner’s views of French rivers were published as three volumes of engravings during the 1830s. The earliest edition focused on the Loire, and the two later ones on the Seine. The popular writer, Leitch Ritchie, who specialised in travel and romance, provided accompanying text.

Turner planned further volumes on European rivers, such as the Danube and the Rhine. However, the project ended after 1835, largely because the market was flooded with travel books (including others by Turner). Nonetheless, Turner’s designs were extremely popular. Rival publishers, in England and France, even produced pirated versions of a number of Loire images

Gallery label, September 2004

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