Frontispiece, from Liber Studiorum
Joseph Mallord William Turner
1775 - 1851
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.
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
Not on display
Shown in 2 exhibitions
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