Scene in the Campagna (Woman at a Tank)

Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1812-02-01

WAG 4470

About this object

This print published , 'Woman at a Tank', is plate 38 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 8th part of the series on 01 February 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

  • Other title(s)
    Hindoo Ablutions; Woman at a Tank
  • 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
    1812-02-01
  • Materials
    Mezzotint; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 18.4 cm x 26.4 cm
  • Physical description
    A distant view of the ruined temples and buildings of the Roman Campagna. In the foreground a woman stoops over a water tank near a tree. On the right a river flows towards a bridge in the centre. Two figures tend sheep on the left.
  • Related people
    William Say (Artist/maker, engraver); Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 4470
  • 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: Feb 1st 1812
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