Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland

Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1808-06-10 published

WAG 4486

About this object

This print, 'Dunstanborough Castle', is plate 14 of Turner's 'Liber Studiorum' series. It is an example of the 'Architectural' 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.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Dunstanburgh Castle; Dunstanborough Castle
  • 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)
  • Date
    1808-06-10 published
  • Materials
    Mezzotint; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 18.1 cm x 26.5 cm
  • Physical description
    The ruins of Dunstanburgh castle on a hill in the distance. Water splashes against rocks on the shore in the foreground in front of a small cottage on the left.
  • Related people
    Charles Turner (Artist/maker, engraver) ; Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 4486
  • 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: Dunstanborough Castle a picture in the Possession of W. Penn Esq.r 3 by 4
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    Inscription location: Below plate
  • Inscription text: June 10, 1808
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  • Inscription text: A
    Inscription method: Printed
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Above plate
  • Inscription text: Proof
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    Inscription location: Lower left
Object view = Fine Art
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