Panoramic View of the Thames
13.5 cm x 20.5 cm (5 5/16 in. x 8 1/16 in.)
Joseph Mallord William Turner
(London, 1775 - 1851, Chelsea, England)
Medium and Support:
Watercolor over notations in pencil
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Archer M. Huntington Museum Fund, 1982
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.