The Farmyard with the Cockerel

Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1809-03-29 published

WAG 4489

About this object

This print, 'The Farm-yard with the Cock', is plate 17 of Turner's 'Liber Studiorum' series. It is an example of the 'Pastoral' category of landscape painting. It was published with the 4th part of the series on 29 March 1809.

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
    1809-03-29 published
  • Materials
    Mezzotint; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 18 cm x 26.2 cm
  • Physical description
    A farmyard scene with a cock in front of two large wooden carts in the centre. On the left two labourers lean against a wooden fence. In the foreground pigs and poultry are feeding on a mound of straw on the right. Trees in the background.
  • Related people
    Charles Turner (Artist/maker, engraver) ; Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 4489
  • 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: March 29, 1809
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