Joseph Mallord William Turner
Inverary Pier, Loch Fyne. Morning
Northern Europe, English
8 1/2 in. x 11 1/2 in. (21.59 cm x 29.21 cm)
Medium and Support:
Etching and mezzotint on paper
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Jr., in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Sr.
Turner was trained as a topographical artist, and worked with professional engravers from the beginning of his career. A significant portion of his work was executed with the intention that it would be reproduced in a graphic medium such as engraving, etching, aquatint or mezzotint. While his greatest interest in mezzotint dates from the 1820s, he created an earlier group as part of his manual known as “Liber Studiorum” (1807-1819) intended as a teaching aid for students to convey Turner’s ideas regarding light and composition.
"Inverary Pier, Loch Fyne. Morning." was issued in Part VII of the "Liber Studiorum" published in June of 1811. Inverary is located on the western side of Loch Fyne in Scotland. This composition is one of only ten in the manual that was conceived and etched by the artist himself; the remainder were produced by professional printers under his supervision.