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Print made by William Miller, 1796–1882
after Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1775–1851

Modern Italy

Materials & Techniques:
Etching and line engraving with graphite; early engraver's proof, touched on thick, slightly textured, beige wove paper, with cream chine collé
Sheet: 23 1/2 × 30 1/8 inches (59.7 × 76.5 cm), Plate: 22 1/4 × 28 inches (56.5 × 71.1 cm), Chine collé: 21 5/8 × 27 1/2 inches (54.9 × 69.9 cm), Image: 16 7/8 × 23 7/8 inches (42.9 × 60.6 cm)

Inscribed in graphite, upper left: "Early E.P. Touched"; lower right: "TURNER BOX 1" inscribed in graphite by Turner, lower left to lower right: "I have gone through all the distance and Town down to the Chalk Line, very carefully and this [...] not much as first sight Yet in filling in end and close lines you will all you making out work kept to andvantage. Where you see X chalk | most to be made less seen some places quite So I wish you would indulge me in dotting in close the piece of sand. Chalked X and then made lighter in tone alltogether. I have left the Sky because I want | to know if you can burnish me in a few light thin clouds as looking rather dark and might save more trouble if you can do so and you have not attended to the last chalked proof (I do not say so to find fault) in regard to the Masses of Light of distance and therefore have hope the work in the distance now sent and the Town will help us through without as much to the Sky - In regard to the Front the parts mark chalk | xx two line | part required be done with to make it either into gravel or fine lined grass by filling in, and the path way close in Down to the Wall. Thank you for the Child. Make the Head rather larger | Don't be alarm'd about the Foreground! I see you are afraid about the left corner, grapes and Foliage but when you have done the middle part | say the Town - I'll soon bear them out. There being plenty of good work. The wall in the part I like the least. J.M.W.T.";

Turner sale mark: J. M. W. Turner (Lugt 1498)

Lettered below image: "Painted by J.M.W. Turner R. A. | Etched by William Miller 1840."

Signed in graphite, lower right: "JMWT"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
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IIIF Manifest:

Translations - Turner and Printmaking (Yale Center for British Art, 1993-09-29 - 1993-12-05) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Eric M. Lee, Translations : Turner and printmaking, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1993, pp. 46-7, no. 193, NJ18 .T85 L44 1993 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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