Bridge and Goats

Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1812-04-23 published

WAG 4457

About this object

This print, 'Bridge and Goats', is plate 43 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 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)
    Frederick Christian Lewis (British: English, born:14 March 1779, died:18 December 1856)
    Joseph Mallord William Turner (British: English, born:probably 23 April 1775, died:19 December 1851)
  • Date
    1812-04-23 published
  • Materials
    Mezzotint; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 18.3 cm x 25.4 cm
  • Physical description
    A view of two figures in the left foreground driving a flock of goats over a small walled bridge in the centre. Trees and foliage occupy the foreground on the right. A second bridge with three arches in the middle distance and hills beyond.
  • Related people
    Frederick Christian Lewis (Artist/maker, engraver); Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 4457
  • 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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Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: E.P.
    Inscription method: Printed
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Above plate
  • Inscription text: April 23rd 1812
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