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'Little Devil's Bridge over the Russ, above Alldorft, Switzerland', from 'Liber Studiorum'
Date Made/Found: 1809
Artist: Joseph Mallord William Turner , British, 1775 - 1851
Maker: Joseph Mallord William Turner , British, 1775 - 1851
Printmaker: Charles Turner , British, 1773 - 1857
Publisher: Charles Turner , British, 1773 - 1857
Material and Medium: mezzotint on paper
Dimensions: Mount: 380 x 507mm Support: 261 x 396mm
Department: Ruskin
Accession Number: CGSG01122
'Liber Studiorum' is a set of 71 prints, etched and produced in mezzotint by Turner and his assistants between 1807and 1819. 'Liber Studiorum' translates roughly into 'free studies', and Turner was free to organise the designs to 'attempt a classification of the various styles of landscape.' Ruskin hugely admired Liber Studiorum, and placed several complete sets in Sheffield’s Ruskin Collection. This plate was one of his favourites and he described it as ‘magnificent’. He used it to point out Turner's 'entire appreciation and command' of the spectacular mountain scenery and then compared the plate to some of Turner's ‘peculiarly simple’ plates, such as those showing English farmyards. Together he felt they showed Turner’s versatility and emotional capabilities. This plate is from the 'Mountainous', series of Liber Studiorum. The narrow bridge crosses the Schöllenen Gorge, part of the St Gotthard Pass in the Swiss Alps. Built in the1500s, the bridge got its name as the Devil supposedly helped build it.
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