Water Mill

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Published on 01 February 1812

WAG 4448

About this object

This print, 'Water Mill', is plate 37 of Turner's 'Liber Studiorum' series. It is an example of the Pastoral category of landscape painting. It was published with the 8th part of the series on 01 February 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)
    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 February 1812
  • Materials
    Mezzotint; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 18.2 cm x 26.5 cm
  • Physical description
    A scene of a water mill with a water wheel on the right. On the left a woman carries a sheaf on steps and two horses are being led to drink from the water on the right. A dog is on the riverbank in the centre.Trees and mill-dam in the distance.
  • Related people
    Robert Dunkarton (Artist/maker, engraver); Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 4448
  • 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 text: P
    Inscription method: Printed
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    Inscription location: Above plate
  • Inscription text: Feb 1st 1812
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