From Spenser's Fairy Queen

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Published on 01 June 1811

WAG 4455

About this object

This print, 'From Spenser's Fairy Queen'', is plate 36 of Turner's 'Liber Studiorum' series. It is an example of the Historical category of landscape painting. It was published with the 7th part of the series on 01 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

  • Other title(s)
    From Spencers Fairy Queen
  • Artist(s)
    Thomas Hodgetts (British: English, born:unknown, died:unknown)
    Joseph Mallord William Turner (British: English, born:probably 23 April 1775, died:19 December 1851)
  • Date
    Published on 01 June 1811
  • Materials
    Mezzotint; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 18.3 cm x 26.4 cm
  • Physical description
    A rocky mountainous landscape. In the foreground a knight sits, resting his head on his shield in front of two tree trunks which form a 'V’ shape. The sun is rising in the distance.
  • Related people
    Thomas Hodgetts (Artist/maker, engraver); Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 4455
  • 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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