Little Devil's Bridge over the Russ above Altdorft, Switzerland

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Published on 29 March 1809

WAG 4491

About this object

This print, 'Little Devils Bridge over the Russ above Altdorft, Swissd.', is plate 19 of Turner's 'Liber Studiorum' series. It is an example of the 'Mountainous' 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

  • Other title(s)
    Little Devils Bridge over the Russ above Altdorft Swiss; Little Devils Bridge over the Russ above Altdorft ; Little Devil's Bridge over the Russ above Altdorft
  • Artist(s)
    Charles Turner (British, born:31 July 1774, died:01 August 1857)
    Joseph Mallord William Turner (British: English, born:probably 23 April 1775, died:19 December 1851)
  • Date
    Published on 29 March 1809
  • Materials
    Mezzotint; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 17.8 cm x 25.9 cm
  • Physical description
    A mountainous landscape with a single arched bridge crossing a rocky gorge. Tree stumps protrude from the rocks and a skeleton of the mule lies in the foreground to the right. Misty mountains fade into the distance.
  • Related people
    Charles Turner (Artist/maker, engraver); Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 4491
  • 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: Ms.
    Inscription method: Printed
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    Inscription location: Above plate
  • Inscription text: March 29th 1809
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Object view = Fine Art
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