Published Jan.y 1 1811, by Mr. Turner, Queen Ann Street West
Etching and mezzotint, with large margins, platemark 210 x 290mm (8¼ x 11½"). Stamp of art dealer C.W. Dowdeswell verso.
Boys playing around a trough, with a row of houses in background- 'the scene is evidently in Hyde Park' (Rawlinson). Plate from J.M.W.'s 'Liber Studiorum', which was published between 1807 and 1819. By this time Turner's position of the pre-eminent British landscape painter of his day was assured, but with this series it was the French artist Claude Lorraine whom Turner was emulating. Claude's 'Libro di Verita', a book of drawings sold to the Duke of Devonshire in the eighteenth century, had been engraved by Richard Earlom around thirty years earlier to much acclaim, and in many ways Turner was publishing his work in a format which invited direct comparison with that of Claude.
Rawlinson: 18 (first published state)
[Ref: 27359] £350.00