London from Greenwich

Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1811-01-01 Published

WAG 4493

About this object

This print, 'London from Greenwich', is plate 26 of Turner's 'Liber Studiorum' series. It is an example of the Architectural category of landscape painting. It was published with the 5th part of the series on 01 January 1811.

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:31 July 1774, died:01 August 1857)
    Joseph Mallord William Turner (British: English, born:probably 23 April 1775, died:19 December 1851)
  • Date
    1811-01-01 Published
  • Materials
    Mezzotint; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 17.8 cm x 26.6 cm
  • Physical description
    A view from Greenwich Park towards the double-turreted Greenwich Hospital. Goats graze in the woodland in the foreground. The City of London on the horizon and before it the river Thames weaves through the landscape.
  • Related people
    Charles Turner (Artist/maker, engraver); Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 4493
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery in 1874
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

Inscriptions

Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: Picture in the possession of Walter Fawkes Esq. of Famley
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    Inscription location: Below plate
  • Inscription text: Jan 1st 1811
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  • Inscription text: A
    Inscription method: Printed
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Above plate
Object view = Fine Art
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