Hind Head Hill

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Published on 01 January 1811

WAG 4446

About this object

This print, 'Hind Head Hill', is plate 25 of Turner's 'Liber Studiorum' series. It is an example of the Mountainous category of landscape painting. It was published with the 5th part of the series on 01 January 1811.

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

  • Other title(s)
    Hind Head Hill on the Portrsmouth Road
  • Artist(s)
    Robert Dunkarton (British: English, born:1744, died:No record after 1811)
    Joseph Mallord William Turner (British: English, born:probably 23 April 1775, died:19 December 1851)
  • Date
    Published on 01 January 1811
  • Materials
    Mezzotint; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 17.8 cm x 26 cm
  • Physical description
    A hilly landscape of heath land with sheep resting in the foreground and a shepherd on the right. A fire can be seen in the shadows of the lowland in the centre. On the distant top of Hindhead hill in the centre stands an empty gallows. A carriage travels on a winding road on the far right. In the distance beams of light break through the dark cloudy sky.
  • Related people
    Robert Dunkarton (Artist/maker, engraver); Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 4446
  • 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: Jan 1st 1811
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