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Print made by William Miller, 1796–1882, British
after Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1775–1851, British
Modern Italy
Etching and line engraving with graphite; engraver's proof (c), touched on thick, moderately textured, cream wove paper with cream chine-collé
Sheet: 26 1/4 × 39 3/4 inches (66.7 × 101 cm), Plate: 22 1/4 × 28 inches (56.5 × 71.1 cm), Chine collé: 21 1/2 × 27 3/8 inches (54.6 × 69.5 cm), and Image: 16 7/8 × 23 7/8 inches (42.9 × 60.6 cm)

Inscribed in graphite, upper left: "R.658 (c)"; lower left: "Engravers Proof (C); inscribed by Turner in graphite, lower left: "If you send me two more in a | fortnight they may possibly find me | and if you do not hear from immediately then you may conclude [...]"; lower left to lower center: "Too Strong all this works [...] | I agree with you all this part wants fine lines between, but in the water I doubt it much. I do not think it looks so Silvery as at first, therefore beg to let it remain. The little I have done to it, fill in the way you propose. In regard to the printing, the Sky looks perhaps better, but the distance and Castle is certainly cleared away too much. - NB Thank you for the letter | received this morning and only [...]"; lower right: "All beyond the front Trees, procession and [illeg.] I want the work quieter and | not broken into forms. I take away forms, and you follow me not, but keep all the forms. |Thus the foliage joins not with the water and remains dotty or

Lettered below image: "Painted by J.M.W. Turner R. A. | Engraved by William Miller 1842 | MODERN ITALY"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
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Translations - Turner and Printmaking (Yale Center for British Art, 1993-09-29 - 1993-12-05)

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