Joseph Mallord William Turner, Published on 01 January 1819

WAG 4474

About this object

This print, 'Isis', is plate 68 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 14th 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

  • 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 January 1819
  • Materials
    Mezzotint; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 18 cm x 26.2 cm
  • Physical description
    A landscape with a columned temple hidden below trees. A small bridge on the left with steps and a weeping willow tree beside and foliage in the foreground. The river extends into the distance towards another bridge beside trees and hills. In the foreground a fragment of architectural entablature.
  • Related people
    William Say (Artist/maker, engraver); Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 4474
  • 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: Picture in the Possession of the Earl of Egrement
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    Inscription location: Below plate
  • Inscription text: Jan 1st 1819
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  • Inscription text: E.P.
    Inscription method: Printed
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Above plate
Object view = Fine Art
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