Marine Dabblers

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Published on 01 June 1811

WAG 4467

About this object

This print, 'Marine Dabblers', is plate 29 of Turner's 'Liber Studiorum' series. It is an example of the Marine category of landscape painting. It was published with the 6th 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

  • Artist(s)
    William Say (British, born:1768, died:24 August 1834)
    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: 17.8 cm x 26.1 cm
  • Physical description
    A group of four boys play on the shore with toy sailing boats. On the left and right two large vessels are moored in shallow waters. Two fisher men in the water on the right. Sea and sails on the horizon.
  • Related people
    William Say (Artist/maker, engraver); Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 4467
  • 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: M
    Inscription method: Printed
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    Inscription location: Above plate
  • Inscription text: June 1st 1811
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