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J. M. W. Turner "The Shipwreck" Rare Engraving Proof before LetteringFrom “The Turner Gallery” J.M.W. Turner. This Engraving PROOF BEFORE THE LETTERING on Applique Colle paper and mounted into a large support sheet measuring 16.25 by 19.5 inches, plate mark measuring 13.25 by 18.5 inches. The engraved work measure approximate 7 by 9.5 inches. These are little foxing outside of the engraved are and will not be noticed when professionally matted. Joseph Mallord William Turner RA (April 23, 1775 - December 19, 1851) was an English Romantic landscape painter, water colorist and printmaker. Turner was considered a controversial figure in his day, but is now regarded as the artist who elevated landscape painting to an eminence rivaling history painting. Although renowned for his oil paintings, Turner is also one of the greatest masters of British watercolor landscape painting. He is commonly known as “the painter of light” and his work regarded as a Romantic preface to impressionism. Turner’s major venture into printmaking was the Liber Studiorum (Book of Studies), a set of seventy prints that the artist worked on from 1806 to 1819. The Liber Studiorum was an expression of his intentions for landscape art. Loosely based on Claude Lorrain Liber Veritatis (Book of Truth), the plates were meant to be widely disseminated, and categorized the genre into six types: Marine, Mountainous, Pastoral, Historical, Architectural, and Elevated or Epic ,RcmdId ViewItemDescV4,RlogId p4%60bo7%60jtb9%3Feog4d72f%2Bf7%60%3E-145bc76c758-0xff-->