Pembury Mill, Kent

Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1808-06-10 published

WAG 4484

About this object

This print, 'Pembury Mill, Kent', is plate 12 of Turner's 'Liber Studiorum' series. It is an example of the 'Pastoral' category of landscape painting. It was published with the 3rd part of the series on 10 June 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

  • 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
    1808-06-10 published
  • Materials
    Mezzotint; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 18.1 cm x 26.5 cm
  • Physical description
    A flour mill with an open doorway and a dog lying outside. Inside a man fills sacks which are being loaded onto a cart on the right. On the left is a large mill wheel and a pigeon shelter or dovecote.
  • Related people
    Charles Turner (Artist/maker, engraver) ; Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 4484
  • 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: P
    Inscription method: Printed
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Above plate
  • Inscription text: June 10, 1808
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  • Inscription text: Proof
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    Inscription location: Above plate; Lower left
Object view = Fine Art
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