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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