after Joseph Mallord William Turner

Tivoli, a Composition


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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After Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Line engraving on paper
Image: 404 × 605 mm
Purchased 1986

Catalogue entry

T04502 Tivoli, a Composition engr. E. Goodall

Line-engraving 404 × 605 (15 7/8 × 23 13/16) on India paper laid on wove paper 430 × 638 (16 15/16 × 25 1/8); trimmed within plate-mark
Engraved inscriptions: ‘Etched by E. Goodall’ below image at centre
Purchased (Grant-in-Aid) 1986
Prov: ...; N.W. Lott and H.J. Gerrish Ltd, from whom bt by Tate Gallery
Exh: Tate Gallery 1989–90 (86, repr.)
Lit: Rawlinson I 1908, no.207, engraver's proof (not listed); Hilary Beck, Victorian Engravings, exh. cat., Victoria and Albert Museum 1973, p.26

Engraver's proof of plate published singly in 1827. Original watercolour: private collection (Wilton 1979, no.495, repr. in col.; p.155). This state appears to be an early engraver's proof, probably the first to have been taken after the preliminary etching. It is still inscribed with the underline ‘Etched by E. Goodall’, which had been erased by the time Rawlinson's engraver's proof ‘a’ was printed. A very careful squared-up preparatory drawing in the British Museum (1891-4-14-71), presumably by Goodall, shows the care which was taken in making an accurate and faithful copy of the original. ‘Tivoli’ was privately published by Goodall in conjunction with John Allnutt, a patron of Turner who commissioned the plate, but it failed to find subscribers; Allnutt apparently lost £400 (Beck 1973).

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


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