Lake of Thun, Switzerland

Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1808-06-10 published

WAG 4487

About this object

This print, 'Lake of Thun, Swiss', is plate 15 of Turner's 'Liber Studiorum' series. It is an example of the 'Mountainous' 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

  • 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 26.2 cm
  • Physical description
    The Lake of Thun in the midst of a storm. A bolt of lightning rips through the sky over rocky mountains in the distance. Various figures are gathered on the shore to the right with carts and bales. Boats battle against the rough waters on the lake.
  • Related people
    Charles Turner (Artist/maker, engraver) ; Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 4487
  • 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: M
    Inscription method: Printed
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Above plate
  • Inscription text: June 10, 1808
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