after Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Lake of Zug

Not on display

After Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Mezzotint on paper
Image: 124 × 197 mm
Purchased 1988

Catalogue entry

T05200 The Lake of Zug engr. T. Lupton and J. Ruskin, first pub. 1888

Mezzotint by Lupton with etched outlines by Ruskin 124 × 197(4 7/8 × 7 3/4) on India paper laid on wove 204 × 286 (8 × 11 1/4); trimmed mainly within the plate-mark
Engraved inscriptions: ‘Drawn by J.M.W. Turner.’ below image b.l., ‘Engraved by T. Lupton.’ below image b.r., ‘Etched by J. Ruskin | 87. The Lake of Zug.’ below image at centre
Purchased (Grant-in-Aid) 1988
Prov: ...; N.W. Lott and H.J. Gerrish Ltd, from whom bt by Tate Gallery
Lit: John Ruskin, Modern Painters, v, 1888

Like T05199 above, this print was probably intended for the first edition of the fifth volume of Modern Painters (1860), but was not published until the 1888 edition produced by George Allen, where it appeared as illustration no.87 between pages 340 and 341 (immediately following another print by Lupton and Ruskin, no.86, ‘Dawn after the Wreck’). Since the impression catalogued here is printed on India paper laid on wove, it almost certainly comes from the 1888 rather than the 1900 edition (see under T05199), and is probably taken directly from the book itself.

The original watercolour by Turner on which this print is based is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (Wilton 1979, no.1534). Like that for T05199, it was once in the collection of John Ruskin, who provided the etched outlines for the print.

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


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