Inverary Pier, Loch Fyne, Morning, part VII, plate 35 from "Liber Studiorum"

Artist and publisher Joseph Mallord William Turner British

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Turner distilled his ideas about landscape In "Liber Studiorum" (Latin for "Book of Studies"), a series of seventy prints plus a frontispiece published between 1807 and 1819. To establish the compositions, he made brown watercolor drawings, then etched outlines onto copper plates. In a few instances, as here, Turner also developed the tone, using aquatint and mezzotint to describe a Scottish loch bordered by mountains with the foreground enlivened by boats and fishermen near a pier, a floating buoy, and the fluke of a submerged anchor piercing the water. Despite the engraved title, the image does not represent Loch Fyne, but the smaller adjacent Loch Shira, and the "M" in the upper margin indicates Turner's category of Marine landscape.

Inverary Pier, Loch Fyne, Morning, part VII, plate 35 from "Liber Studiorum", Joseph Mallord William Turner (British, London 1775–1851 London), Etching, aquatint and mezzotint; first state of six (Finberg)

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