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Collection of the Guild of St George, Museums Sheffield
'Lake of Como II', from Rogers' 'Italy'
Date Made/Found: 1830
Artist: after Joseph Mallord William Turner , British, 1775 - 1851
Printmaker: Robert Wallis , British, 1794 - 1878
Publisher: Robert Jennings and William Chaplin , British, 19th Century
Manufacturer: Triggs , British, 19th Century
Material and Medium: engraving on paper
Dimensions: Mount: 418 x 295mm Support: 377 x 281mm
Department: Ruskin
Accession Number: CGSG00174
'Italy' is a group of poems first published in 1822 by Samuel Rogers (1763-1855), inspired by notes made while touring Italy with his sister. This particular image illustrates a poem called ‘A Farewell’. Rogers commissioned these vignettes, or small illustrations from JMW Turner and other artists to illustrate a larger edition of 'Italy', which he published in 1830. The illustrations, which Turner originally made in watercolour, were mass-produced as steel engravings and include scenes of Lake Como in the north of Italy, to Paestum, an ancient ruin to the south. Also included are views of cities including Florence and Rome, and imaginary scenes to illustrate historical episodes. Ruskin accredited Turner’s illustrations to ‘Italy’ as turning him away from geology as his childhood passion to art criticism, and in particular shaped his view that Turner’s romanticised or picturesque scenes were still based on his ‘truthful’ observations and instinctive understanding of landscape.
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