Mount St. Gothard

Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1808-02-20 Published

WAG 4482

About this object

This print, 'Mt St Gothard', is plate 9 of Turner's 'Liber Studiorum' series. It is an example of the 'Mountainous' category of landscape painting. It was published with the 2nd part of the series on 20 February 1808.

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)
    Mt. St. Gothard
  • Artist(s)
    Charles Turner (British, born:1774-07-31, died:1857-08-01)
    Joseph Mallord William Turner (British: English, born:1775-05-23 probably, died:1851-12-19)
  • Date
    1808-02-20 Published
  • Materials
    Mezzotint; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 17.8 cm x 26 cm
  • Physical description
    A rocky mountainous landscape with a deep narrow gorge on the right. In the foreground a heavily laden mule emerges from a small tunnel in the rock. Mountains with snow peaks in the distance.
  • Related people
    Charles Turner (Artist/maker, engraver); Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 4482
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery in 1874
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the World Museum collections


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: M.S.
    Inscription method: Printed
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Above plate
  • Inscription text: Feb 20, 1808
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    Inscription note:
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Object view = Fine Art
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