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The Mildmay Sea-Piece, plate 40 from Liber Studiorum

A work made of etching and engraving in brown on ivory wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching and engraving in brown on ivory wove paper.


published February 11, 1812


Joseph Mallord William Turner (English, 1775-1851)
engraved by W. Annis and I.C. Easling

About this artwork

The Liber Studiorum (Book of Studies) served as both a testament to Joseph Mallord William Turner’s achievement as a painter and an instruction manual for other artists. As opposed to artists who commissioned professional printmakers to reproduce their paintings, Turner made his etchings, and even some of his mezzotints, himself. He was involved in the entire process, making sure that each print measured up to his standards. The variations in line and shading expertly display the range and variety of atmospheric effects that a landscape painter can achieve, an impressive accomplishment for Turner.


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Prints and Drawings


Joseph Mallord William Turner


The Mildmay Sea-Piece, plate 40 from Liber Studiorum


England (Artist's nationality)

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Published 1812


Etching and engraving in brown on ivory wove paper


Image: 18.1 × 26.3 cm (7 3/16 × 10 3/8 in.); Plate: 21.1 × 29.2 cm (8 5/16 × 11 1/2 in.); Sheet: 29.4 × 44.3 cm (11 9/16 × 17 1/2 in.)

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Joseph Brooks Fair Fund

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