'Brignall Church, Yorkshire', after Turner
Date Made/Found: about 1880
, British, 1855 - 1921
Joseph Mallord William Turner
, British, 1775 - 1851
Material and Medium: sepia on paper
Dimensions: Mount: 295 x 418mm
Support: 202 x 285mm
Accession Number: CGSG00530
John Ruskin gave Hackstoun art lessons via correspondence. Whilst he later used him to make architectural copies in French cathedral cities, he also told him to copy Turner’s works as a method of learning about watercolour.
In general, Ruskin did not approve of artists copying another's work, calling it the 'degration of the art [which reduces] head-work to hand work.' However in the case of Turner, who Ruskin admired above all other artists of his day, he wrote that art students would be 'compell[ed by his] decisive and straightforward execution. …The most rapid appreciation of Turner will be obtained by accurately copying' his work’.
Ruskin wrote about ‘Brignall Banks’, 'The design is among the loveliest of all Turner's local landscapes and the engraving shows the peculiar attainment of recent line work in England.' Hackstoun could not copy the original however as it had been destroyed in a house fire. Instead, Hackstoun seems, from the sepia colours, to have copied a mezzotint print.