Published as the Act directs by J.M.W. Turner Harley Street 
Etching and mezzotint with very large margins, platemark 210 x 290mm (8¼ x 11½").
The Greek hero Jason stealing up on a dragon (largely concealed by folliage), who he must outwit to gain the golden fleece. One of the first plates in Turner's 'Liber Studiorum', based on a 1802 painting (Tate Britain, N00471). The Liber Studiorum was published in several parts between 1807 and 1819, by which time Turner's position as the pre-eminent British landscape painter of his day was assured. In this series, exceptional amongst Turner prints for the extent of the artist's involvement (he both etched and published this plate, leaving only the mezzotinting to his namesake Charles Turner), he sought to emulate the 17th century French artist Claude Lorraine. Claude's 'Libro di Verita', a book of drawings sold to the Duke of Devonshire, had been engraved by Richard Earlom to much acclaim some thirty years earlier. In many ways Turner's project invited comparisons with that of his great precursor.
Rawlinson 6 (state 2 of 5); Finberg 6 (second state)
[Ref: 34828] £390.00