after Joseph Mallord William Turner

Smailholm Tower


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After Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Line engraving on paper
Image: 110 × 91 mm
Purchased 1988

Catalogue entry

[from] Scott's ‘Poetical Works’ pub.1833–4 [T04947-T04960; T05134-T05145; complete]

Twelve line-engravings, by various engravers and in various states, comprising twelve subjects out of a total of twenty-four; various papers and sizes; some stamped with Turner studio blind stamp
Purchased (Grant-in-Aid) 1988
Prov: ...; N.W. Lott and H.J. Gerrish Ltd, from whom bt by Tate Gallery
Lit: Mordechai Omer, Turner and the Poets, exh. cat., Marble Hill House 1975; Gerald Finley, Landscapes of Memory: Turner as Illustrator to Scott, 1980; Turner in Scotland, exh. cat., Aberdeen Art Gallery 1982; Andrew Wilton, Turner in his Time, 1987; John Gage. J.M.W. Turner: 'A Wonderful Range of Mind', 1987

For details of the series see introduction to T04947-T04960. The engravers responsible for the plates in this group were: William Miller (1796–1882), Edward Goodall (1795–1870), Robert Wallis (1794–1878), James Tibbetts Willmore (1800–63) and William John Cooke (1797–1865).

T05135 Smailholme Tower engr. E. Goodall, pub. 1833

Line-engraving, vignette, approx. 108 × 91 (4 1/4 × 3 9/16) on wove paper 438 × 301 (17 1/4 × 11 7/8); plate-mark 208 × 152 (8 3/16 × 6)

Engraved inscriptions: ‘J,M,W. Turner, R.A’ below image b.l., ‘E, Goodall’ below image b.r., ‘Edinburgh, 1833, R, Cadell: London; Moon, Boys & Graves.’ below image at bottom centre, ‘B.late Dixon’ below image lower left
Lit: Rawlinson II 1913, no.494, first published state (not listed)

Published: Vol.I, 1833, ‘Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border’, title-page vignette. Original watercolour: untraced (Wilton 1979, no.1071). Although Rawlinson records that all impressions of the first published state of this plate were printed on India paper, the engraved inscriptions on this plain paper impression accord with those for the first state as described by him.

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

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