Martello Towers near Bexhill, Sussex

Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1811-06 published

WAG 4469

About this object

This print, 'Martello Towers near Bexhill, Sussex', is plate 34 of Turner's 'Liber Studiorum' series. It is an example of the Marine 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)
    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
    1811-06 published
  • Materials
    Mezzotint; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 17.9 cm x 26.1 cm
  • Physical description
    A seaside landscape with chalk cliffs on the right. A group of figures travel on a road in the foreground near a broken wooden boat. In the distance Martello towers line the coast beneath a dark cloudy sky.
  • Related people
    William Say (Artist/maker, engraver); Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 4469
  • 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 1811
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