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An image of Frontispiece by Joseph Mallord William Turner

Joseph Mallord William Turner

(England 1775 – 1851)

Frontispiece, from Liber Studiorum
Media category
Materials used
etching and mezzotint
i of five states

21.3 x 29.6 cm platemark; 29.5 x 44.0 cm sheet (irreg.)

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Mrs Arthur Acland Allen through the Empire Art Loan Collection Society 1939
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Etched by J.M.W. Turner and engraved by J.C. Easling

Turner’s ‘Liber Studiorum’ (Book of Studies) represents his most ambitious and influential venture into the field of printmaking. The total of 71 plates were issued between 1807 and 1819. Turner wanted to promote the dignity of landscape art and also demonstrate his versatility and skill in the various categories of landscape. These are denoted on each print with the abbreviation: H for historical, M for mountainous, P for pastoral, M for marine, A for architectural, and EP, probably meaning elevated pastoral.

Bibliography (2)

Gillian Forrester, Turner's 'Drawing Book' The Liber Studiorum, Millbank, 1996, 45-46. 1

Renée Free, J.M.W. Turner's Liber Studiorum, Sydney, 1993, 5.

Exhibition history (2)

J.M.W.Turner's Liber Studiorum: Etchings and Mezzotints of Types of Landscape, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 05 Dec 1992–14 Feb 1993

Printmaking in the age of Romanticism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Aug 2009–25 Oct 2009