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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