- After Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
- Engraving on paper
- Transferred from the British Museum 1988
This was the first engraving after his
work of which Turner greatly approved. The engraver, John Pye, has abandoned the regimented cross-hatching and
heavy areas of etching characteristic of the older school in favour of finer, more flowing lines which do justice to Turner's subtle treatment of light and shade. On first seeing the plate after his oil painting of Pope's villa in Twickenham, Turner is said to have exclaimed 'This will do! You can see the lights; had I known that there was a man who could do that, I would have had it done before'.
Gallery label, September 2004
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