Interior of a Church

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Published on 01 January 1819

WAG 4506

About this object

This print, 'Interior of a Church', is plate 70 of Turner's 'Liber Studiorum' series. It is an example of the Architectural category of landscape painting. It was published with the 14th part of the series on 01 January 1819.

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)
    Joseph Mallord William Turner (British: English, born:probably 23 April 1775, died:19 December 1851)
  • Date
    Published on 01 January 1819
  • Materials
    Mezzotint; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 17.7 cm x 27 cm
  • Physical description
    Interior of an English church with people seated in tall gated pews on the left behind three large archways and surrounded by decorative features, including a coat of arms with royal supporters of a lion and unicorn. Some of the congregation are listening to a preacher in the pulpit to the left. In the centre foreground peering over the pews towards the preacher are a woman and child with their backs to us.
  • Related people
    Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 4506
  • 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: A
    Inscription method: Printed
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Above plate
  • Inscription text: Jan 1st 1819
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Object view = Fine Art
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