Holy Island Cathedral

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Title: Holy Island Cathedral
Date: 1808-02-20 Published
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)
Materials: Mezzotint; Paper
Information: This print, 'Holy Island Cathedral', is plate 11 of Turner's 'Liber Studiorum' series. It is an example of the 'Architectural' category of landscape painting. It was published with the 2nd part of the series on 20 February 1808.

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.
Accession no: WAG 4483
Credit line: Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery in 1874
Location: Item not currently on display

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