Published June 1811 by J.M.W. Turner, Queen Ann Street West.
Etching and mezzotint with large margins, platemark 210 x 290mm (8¼ x 11½").
Group of children playing with a miniature boats, next to large sea vessels. From Turner's 'Liber Studiorum'. 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 29 (first published state); Finberg 29 (first state)
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