Frontispiece to the Liber Studiorum
27.6 cm x 41.3 cm (10 7/8 in. x 16 1/4 in.)
Joseph Mallord William Turner
(London, 1775 - 1851, Chelsea, England)
Medium and Support:
Etching, mezzotint, and aquatint (by I.C. Easling), printed in sepia
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, gift of Leo Steinberg, 1997
Inspired by Richard Earlom’s mezzotint reproductions of Claude Lorrain’s Liber Veritatis, Turner produced his own series of 71 landscape prints divided into six categories: historical, mountainous, pastoral, epic pastoral, marine and architectural. The prints, published between 1807 and 1819, functioned both as an advertisement to potential patrons of his skill and range and as a pedagogical tool for younger artists.