‘NEWCASTLE on TYNE.’ by J. M. W. Turner / T. Lupton c.1823


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A very attractive and finely executed early 19th century mezzotint of Newcastle-upon-Tyne which was taken from a drawing by J. M. W. Turner R .A., engraved on steel by T. Lupton and published in Rivers of England (London: W. B. Cooke, 1823-1827).

Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) was a English Romantic painter, watercolourist and printmaker. Regarded as one of Britain’s greatest artists, he was born in Covent Garden, the son of a barber and wig maker. He showed a talent for painting and drawing from an early age. At fourteen, he enrolled and studied at the Royal Academy of Arts exhibiting his first work there just a year later. He also trained as an architectual draughtsman. He began earning a steady income from commissions and sales which saw him travelling around the country. In 1802 he travelled across Europe producing a large portfolio of sketches and watercolours. In 1804 and 1807, respectively, he opened his own gallery and was appointed Professor of perspective at the Royal Academy. Over time, Turner became recognized and admired by his contemporaries, especially the leading art critic, John Ruskin, for his expressive colourisations, imaginative landscapes and turbulent seascapes.On his death in 1851, he had produced over 550 oil paintings, 2000 watercolours and 30,000 sketches. He also worked on and produced prints for publications such as ‘The Copperplate Magazine’ (1794), ‘ Picturesque Views of England and Wales’ (1827-1838), ‘Rivers of England’ (1823-1827) and ‘Liber Studiorum’ (1806-1819).

Thomas Lupton (1791-1873) was a renowned engraver and pioneer in the field of mezzotint printmaking. Mezzotint was a printing technique first developed in the 17th century to reproduce the appearance of an oil painting, but apart from being a difficult and laborious process, the copperplate it was produced on would soon wear allowing only a small number of impressions. Using much harder and durable steel as a medium, Lupton helped produce a technique that enabled the same effects but allow hundreds of impressions to be made. Lupton’s achievement was recognised by the Royal Academy of Arts which awarded him the Isis medal in 1822.

  • This is an original mezzotint (from steel).
  • Printed area is approximately 21.9cms by 17.3cms.
  • The map is in very good condition with decent margins. Click on image for a better view.
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  • Guaranteed to be over 190 years old.
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