St. Catherine's Hill near Guildford

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Published in June 1811

WAG 4451

About this object

This print, 'St. Catherine's Hill near Guildford', is plate 33 of Turner's 'Liber Studiorum' series. It is an example of the Elevated (or Epic) Pastoral category of landscape painting. It was published with the 7th part of the series in June 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

  • Artist(s)
    J C Easling (British, born:unknown, died:unknown)
    Joseph Mallord William Turner (British: English, born:probably 23 April 1775, died:19 December 1851)
  • Date
    Published in June 1811
  • Materials
    Mezzotint; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 18.6 cm x 26.2 cm
  • Physical description
    A view of a road on which people and cattle are travelling. A farmyard on the right with an open gate and passing horses. On the left trees cast a shadow across the road. A ruined ancient chapel on St Catherine's Hill in the distance with sheep grazing in front.
  • Related people
    J C Easling (Artist/maker, engraver); Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 4451
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery in 1874
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: E.P.
    Inscription method: Printed
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Above plate
  • Inscription text: June 1811
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