The Felucca (Copper Plate)

Joseph Mallord William Turner,

WAG 4508

About this object

This plate was probably prepared for Turner by the engraver Henry Dawe (1790 – 1848). Turner intended the Liber to consist of 100 prints but only 71 were released. He continued working on the series long after he stopped publishing it. The design for this plate was based on a drawing dated to 1824.

No prints from this plate were made during Turner’s lifetime. It, along with others, remained in Turner’s studio until his death in 1851 and were later sold.

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)
    Henry Dawe (British: English, born:1790, died:1848)
    Joseph Mallord William Turner (British: English, born:probably 23 April 1775, died:19 December 1851)
  • Date
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Materials
    Copper; Engraving
  • Measurements
    21.6 cm x 29 cm
  • Physical description
    An engraved copper plate engraved with the composition of WAG 4507, but in reverse.
  • Related people
    Henry Dawe (Artist/maker, engraver); Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 4508
  • Credit line
    Presented to the Walker Art Galley by W.S. Caine in 1874
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections
Object view = Fine Art
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