New Abbey near Dumfries

Joseph Mallord William Turner (English, 1775-1851)
William Miller, Engraver (British, 1796-1882)

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Ever the Scottish patriot, Sir Walter Scott distinctly preferred that Scottish engravers be employed to work with Turner on the illustrations to his compiled works. Edinburgh native, William Miller, engraved 30 of the 39 plates in Scott’s Prose Works.

By his written instructions on this proof, Turner instructed Miller to lighten those areas of the slope that he indicated with white watercolor to suggest the rays of the sun setting behind the ruins of the Cistercian abbey.

J.E. Taylor Collection

Object Information

artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner (English, 1775-1851)
engraver
William Miller (British, 1796-1882)
creation date
1833
materials
engraving touched with white and pencil
dimensions
4-1/4 x 3-1/2 in. (image)
13 x 8-1/2 in. (sheet)
9-7/8 x 5-7/8 in. (plate)
mark descriptions
Inscribed in pencil, by Turner, across bottom: all the sky good work excepting X / All the left side. More else work and rather lighter
Inscribed in pencil, on image by the artist with an "x" at the upper right
series
Scott's Prose Works
accession number
80.1502
credit line
Bequest of Kurt F. Pantzer
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors

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