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An image of Alnwick Castle, Northumberland by James Tibbitts Willmore, after Joseph Mallord William Turner

James Tibbitts Willmore

(England 1800 – 1863)

after Joseph Mallord William Turner

(England 23 Apr 1775 – 19 Dec 1851)

Title
Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, from Picturesque views in England and Wales
Year
1830
Media category
Print
Materials used
engraving
Dimensions

25.0 x 31.6 cm platemark; 34.1 x 41.7 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Mrs Arthur Acland Allen through the Empire Art Loan Collection Society 1939
Accession number
2001.2
Location
Not on display
Further information

In 1825 Turner embarked upon a major series of topographical watercolours commissioned from Charles Heath for reproduction as line engravings. By 1838, when the venture cam to an end, 96 of Turner’s watercolours had been engraved for the ‘Picturesque Views in England and Wales’. Turner never worked on the copper plates himself but he maintained obsessive control over work on the prints ensuring the quality of every detail and effectively training a generation of engravers to see his watercolours in terms of black and white lines.