Peat Bog, Scotland

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Published on 23 April 1812

WAG 4440

About this object

This print, 'Peat Bog, Scotland', is plate 45 of Turner's 'Liber Studiorum' series. It is an example of the Mountainous category of landscape painting. It was published with the 9th part of the series on 23 April 1812.

The 'Liber Studiorum' illustrated Turner’s arguments for the supremacy of landscape painting. The title means ‘book of studies’ in Latin. It contained no written text, instead it was made up of individual mezzotint prints on paper. They were released in fourteen parts from around 1807 until 1819. Turner intended the 'Liber' to consist of 100 prints but only 71 were ultimately produced.

The prints reflected the five categories of landscape painting Turner believed existed: architectural, historical, marine, mountainous and pastoral. Turner wrote an initial on each work to indicate which category it belonged to.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Joseph Mallord William Turner (British: English, born:probably 23 April 1775, died:19 December 1851)
    George Clint (British, born:12 April 1770, died:10 May 1854)
  • Date
    Published on 23 April 1812
  • Materials
    Mezzotint; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 17.8 cm x 26 cm
  • Physical description
    A view of two men in the middle of the picture cutting peat in bad weather. Labourers with a horse and cart on the left and smoke from a fire on the right. Heavy rain clouds loom above the mountains in the distance.
  • Related people
    George Clint (Artist/maker, engraver); Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 4440
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery in 1874
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


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    Inscription method: Printed
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    Inscription location: Above plate
  • Inscription text: April 23 1812
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