The Watercress Gatherers

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Published on 01 January 1819

WAG 4460

About this object

This print, 'Water Cress Gatherers', is plate 62 of Turner's 'Liber Studiorum' series. It is an example of the Pastoral category of landscape painting. It was published with the 13th part of the series on 01 January 1819.

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)
    Water Cress Gatherers, Rails Head Ferry Bridge, Twickenham; Water Cress Gatherers
  • Artist(s)
    Thomas Goff Lupton (British: English, born:03 September 1791, died:18 May 1873)
    Joseph Mallord William Turner (British: English, born:probably 23 April 1775, died:19 December 1851)
  • Date
    Published on 01 January 1819
  • Materials
    Mezzotint; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 18.8 cm x 26.7 cm
  • Physical description
    On the left a bridge crosses over a stream which winds into the distance on the right. On the opposite bank of the river a figure crouches over the water. In the centre a horse and cart drives along the road next to a boat drawn up on the bank. Figures take shelter by the bridge beneath a dark sky.
  • Related people
    Thomas Goff Lupton (Artist/maker, engraver); Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 4460
  • 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: P
    Inscription method: Printed
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    Inscription location: Above plate
  • Inscription text: Jan 1st 1819
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