after Joseph Mallord William Turner

Tornaro, engraved by R. Wallis

published 1834

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
After Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Line engraving on paper
Dimensions
Image: 98 x 86 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1992
Reference
T06644

Display caption

Turner’s watercolour for Tornaro was sensitively translated into black lines and engraved on steel by Robert Wallis. The engraving accompanied the following lines:

‘The shepherd on Tornaro’s misty brow,
And the swart seamen, sailing far below,
Not undelighted watch the morning ray
Purpling the orient - till it breaks away,
And burns and blazes into glorious day!’

John Ruskin described the prints in Rogers’s Poems as ‘the loveliest engravings ever produced by the pure line’.

Gallery label, July 2008

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