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'Windmill and Lock', from 'Liber Studiorum'
Date Made/Found: 1811
Artist: Joseph Mallord William Turner , British, 1775 - 1851
Printmaker: Joseph Mallord William Turner , British, 1775 - 1851
Printmaker: William Say , British, 1768 - 1834
Publisher: Joseph Mallord William Turner , British, 1775 - 1851
Material and Medium: mezzotint on paper
Dimensions: Mount: 380 x 506mm Support: 284 x 425mm
Department: Ruskin
Accession Number: CGSG01129
'Liber Studiorum' is a set of 71 scenes, etched and produced in mezzotint by Turner and his assistants between 1807and 1819. He may have got the idea for the prints from Claude Lorrain's 'Liber Veritatis', or 'Studies of Truth', a set of topographical landscapes prints produced in 1635-36. Turner chose the subjects of Liber Studiorum himself and he organised them into categories: Mountainous, Marine, Historical, Architectural, Pastoral and 'EP' generally thought to mean Elevated or Epic Pastoral. In Turner's words, these themes were meant to 'attempt a classification of the various styles of landscape.' Ruskin collected prints from 'Liber Studiorum’ saying they were 'precious to me beyond all I conceive - there is no art like it in the world.' He wrote about the windmill from this plate in his book, 'Modern Painters', commending Turner for choosing a functional windmill, rather than a picturesque, but unrealistic version that would probably have been more popular with the public.
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