Pope's Villa, Twickenham,

Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1819-01-01 Published

WAG 4443

About this object

This print, 'Pope's Villa, Twickenham', is plate 63 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 13th 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

  • Other title(s)
    Popes Villa Twickenham, ; Popes Villa, Twickenham,
  • Artist(s)
    Henry Dawe (British: English, born:1790, died:1848)
    Joseph Mallord William Turner (British: English, born:1775-05-23 probably, died:1851-12-19)
  • Date
    1819-01-01 Published
  • Materials
    Mezzotint; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 18.3 cm x 26.2 cm
  • Physical description
    A view of the River Thames with a mill and houses in the distance. In the centre a rotunda on the waters edge is reflected under a bright sky and in the background to the right is a turreted tower. There is a small boat in the water on the far left and trees in the foreground on the right.
  • Related people
    Henry Dawe (Artist/maker, engraver) ; Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 4443
  • 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: E.P.
    Inscription method: Printed
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Above plate
  • Inscription text: Jan 1st 1819
    Inscription method:
    Inscription note:
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Object view = Fine Art
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