Tenth Plague of Egypt

Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1816-01-01 Published

WAG 4473

About this object

This print, 'Tenth Plague of Egypt', is plate 61 of Turner's 'Liber Studiorum' series. It is an example of the Historical category of landscape painting. It was published with the 12th part of the series on 01 January 1816.

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. Tenth Plague of Egypt - Historical. Plate 61. Published with part 12 of the Liber Studiorum Series 01 January 1816.

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
    1816-01-01 Published
  • Materials
    Mezzotint; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 18 cm x 26 cm
  • Physical description
    A lightning bolt flashes through a dark sky towards towers, buildings and a pyramid on the right. In the foreground women are grieving over a dead child on a bank, beneath trees. A large column in the top left corner.
  • Related people
    William Say (Artist/maker, engraver); Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 4473
  • 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: H
    Inscription method: Printed
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Above plate
  • Inscription text: Jan 1st, 1816
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Object view = Fine Art
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