The Bridge in the Middle Distance

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Title: The Bridge in the Middle Distance
Date: 1808-06-10 published
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)
Materials: Mezzotint; Paper
Information: This print, 'The Bridge in the Middle Distance', is plate 13 of Turner's 'Liber Studiorum' series. It is an example of the 'Elevated (or Epic) Pastoral' category of landscape painting. It was published with the 3rd part of the series on 10 June 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 4485
Credit line: Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery in 1874
Location: Item not currently on display

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