Mildmay Sea Piece

Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1812-02-11 Published

WAG 4438

About this object

This print, 'Mildmay Sea Piece', is plate 40 of Turner's 'Liber Studiorum' series. It is an example of the Marine category of landscape painting. It was published with the 8th part of the series on 11 February 1812.

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)
    William T Annis (British: English, born:1750, died:unknown)
    J C Easling (British, born:unknown, died:unknown)
    Joseph Mallord William Turner (British: English, born:1775-05-23 probably, died:1851-12-19)
  • Date
    1812-02-11 Published
  • Materials
    Mezzotint; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 18.1 cm x 26.4 cm
  • Physical description
    A seascape with the sun setting over a calm sea. Two small sailing boats in shallow water on the right with an anchor on shore. A boat is being launched on the left and figures are scattered on the beach.
  • Related people
    William T Annis (Artist/maker, engraver) ; J C Easling (Artist/maker, engraver) ; Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 4438
  • 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: Drawn and etched by J.M.W. Turner / Engraved by W. Annis and J.C. Easling
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  • Inscription text: Feb 11 1812
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  • Inscription text: Picture in the Possession of Sir John Mildmay Bart.
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  • Inscription text: M
    Inscription method: Printed
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    Inscription location: Above plate
Object view = Fine Art
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