JOSEPH MALLORD WILLIAM TURNER RA

Lot number

55

Estimated price

550
770

Description

JOSEPH MALLORD WILLIAM TURNER RA

Britisch (1775 – 1851)

“The entrance of Calais Harbour”

Etched mezzotint, on cream, laid paper, 24 x 34.5cm. (unframed)

£ 500-700

Catalogue note:

Turner conceived the Liber Studiorum in a response to Claude Lorrain’s volume of drawings entitled Liber Veritatis, of which were published by John Boydell in three volumes under the same title (London: 1777-1804). The principal purpose of the Liber Veritatis was to provide the artist with a private record of his finished oils and their owners, which also served the purpose of providing a reference by which genuine works could be distinguished from forgeries. Turner’s Liber Studiorum was always intended for publication. On July 15, 1802, during his only trip to the Continent before 1817, Turner had experienced the perilous transfer from the cross-channel packet to the jetty at Calais nearby, getting swamped in the process.

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