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Collection of the Guild of St George, Museums Sheffield
'Hind Head Hill', from 'Liber Studiorum'
Date Made/Found: 1811
Artist: Joseph Mallord William Turner , British, 1775 - 1851
Printmaker: Joseph Mallord William Turner , British, 1775 - 1851
Printmaker: Robert Dunkarton , British, 1744 - about 1815
Publisher: Joseph Mallord William Turner , British, 1775 - 1851
Material and Medium: mezzotint on paper
Dimensions: Support: 297 x 435mm
Department: Ruskin
Accession Number: CGSG00428
'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.' John Ruskin placed several complete sets in Sheffield’s Ruskin Collection and used this particular plate to emphasise the versatility of 'Liber Studiorum's subject matter. He described its ‘waste of English lonely moorland with the gallows tree ghastly against the dying twilight’ alongside the 'dreamy winds of the Italian woods’ in Turner’s mythological subjects. 'Hind Head Hill' comes from Liber Studiorum’s 'Mountainous' series. Hindhead, in the Surrey hills was a stop-off on the road to Portsmouth. The gibbet was a warning to the many robbers and criminals who roamed the highway and also to press-ganged recruits for the British Navy, who were forced to walk from London to Portsmouth along it.
Display Location: In Store
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