After Joseph Mallord William TurnerThe Death-Boat of Heligoland 1837

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After Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775‑1851)
The Death-Boat of Heligoland
Date 1837
MediumLine engraving on paper
Dimensionsimage: 76 x 72 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1986
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Catalogue entry

[from] Campbell's ‘Poetical Works’ pub.1837 [T04764-T04785; complete]

Twenty-two line-engravings, by various engravers and in various states, comprising twenty subjects out of a total of twenty-one; various papers and sizes; some touched with pencil; most stamped with Turner studio blind stamp Purchased (Grant-in-Aid) 1986
Prov: ...; N.W.Lott and H.J. Gerrish Ltd, from whom bt by Tate Gallery
Lit: Mordechai Omer, Turner and the Poets, exh. cat., Marble Hill House 1975; Andrew Wilton, Turner and the Sublime, exh. cat., British Museum 1980; Turner's Illustrations for thePoetical Works of Thomas Campbell’, exh. cat., National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh 1988

Turner produced twenty vignettes for The Poetical Works of Thomas Campbell, published by Edward Moxon in 1837. The circumstances surrounding the commission are extremely confused. According to the engraver, Edward Goodall, Turner was to have been paid £30 for each design, while Goodall and Moxon divided the costs and profits equally between them. Because of problems with the engraver's contract, which Goodall believed would land him in severe financial difficulties, he persuaded Turner to lease the drawings to the publisher at £5 each, Turner thus retaining possession of them… (read more)

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