Byron’s Europe: Plate 5, Lisbon from near Almada Fort

This is the eighth instalment of a tour through the Illustrations to the Life and Works of Lord Byron published between 1832 and 1834.  Here we turn to plate five which offers a prospect over the river Tagus to Lisbon during turbulent times. Lisbon from near Almada Fort, 1832Engraved by Edward Finden after a watercolour by Clarkson … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Plate 5, Lisbon from near Almada Fort

Byron’s Europe: Plate 4, Belem Tower, Lisbon

This the seventh instalment of a tour through the Illustrations to the Life and Works of Lord Byron published between 1832 and 1834.  Here we turn to plate four which commemorates Byron’s first footfall in Europe, at Lisbon in Portugal. Belem Castle, Lisbon, 1832Engraved by Edward Finden after a watercolour by Clarkson StanfieldEtching and line engraving on … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Plate 4, Belem Tower, Lisbon

Byron’s Europe: Plate 3, Mary Ann Chaworth

This the sixth instalment of a tour through the Illustrations to the Life and Works of Lord Byron published between 1832 and 1834.  Here we turn to the third plate, which begins to open up some social and even romantic dimensions to the project. Miss Chaworth, 1832Engraved by William Finden after a portrait by Frank Stone based … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Plate 3, Mary Ann Chaworth

Byron’s Europe: Plate 2, Lochnagar

This the fifth instalment of a tour through the Illustrations to the Life and Works of Lord Byron published between 1832 and 1834.  Here we turn to the second plate, which transports us to the Scottish landscape at its most Sublime. The Valley of the Dee, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, looking over Invercauld House to Lochnagar. Called ‘Lachin-y-Gair’Engraved by … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Plate 2, Lochnagar

Byron’s Europe: Plate 1, Lochnagar

This the fourth instalment of a tour through the Illustrations to the Life and Works of Lord Byron published between 1832 and 1834.  Here we consider the first plate, which takes us to the Dee valley in Aberdeenshire and into a formative experience of the Scottish landscape. The Valley of the Dee, Scotland, looking towards Ballater and … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Plate 1, Lochnagar

Byron’s Europe: Frontispiece; Gibraltar

This the third instalment of a tour through the Illustrations to the Life and Works of Lord Byron published between 1832 and 1834.  Here we look at the image chosen to serve as the frontispiece to the whole series, a view of Gibraltar by Turner. Splendid as it certainly is, its relationship with Byron’s Life … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Frontispiece; Gibraltar

Byron’s Europe: Title page, Villeneuve, Switzerland

This the second instalment of a tour through the Illustrations to the Life and Works of Lord Byron published between 1832 and 1834. The series consists of one hundred and twenty-six subjects so this promises to be a long and varied journey. Here we visit our first destination, starting out amongst the Alps on the … Continue reading Byron’s Europe: Title page, Villeneuve, Switzerland

Minster Group: an introduction

This is a group of four watercolours, two of subjects in Margate, and another two views at Minster, a few miles inland. Turner is thought to have attended school in Margate at the beginning of his teenage years. The group is undoubtedly juvenile work. The colouring is rather thin and the drawing slightly wobbly and … Continue reading Minster Group: an introduction

St John’s Church, Margate, Kent, c.1788

Pen, ink and watercolour on paper, 12 1/8 x 17 1/8 ins, 308 x 435 mm Private Collection Turner catalogues: Wilton 1; tdb 147 This is one of a series of four very early watercolours all sharing the same provenance, evidently having been gifted by Turner's mother to a Jane Hunt of London who married … Continue reading St John’s Church, Margate, Kent, c.1788