c1851 Large Steel Engraving Print of Dover by Turner & Lupton


A large fine Steel Engraved Print of the Approach to Dover, after a drawing by Joseph Mallord William Turner, which forms part of a selection called ‘The Ports of England’, originally by Lupton in 1826, but published as a new impression in c1851.

The print shows Fishing boats and a steamer rushing into the harbour to escape the heavy sea. In the background is the imposing sight of Dover Castle at the top of the cliffs, above the town. The print is uncoloured and in good condition, with just a brown spot in the bottom left corner. It been mounted framed and glazed. Condition is good, with a bit of discoloration on the edges. It is titled DOVER and has J.M.W. TURNER, A.R.A. above a dry stamp E. GAMBART & Co. London. On the other side is printed J.T. WILLMORE, A.R.A..

According to the London Tate’s Gallery label: ‘Never has the sheer labour of the technical process of engraving been more apparent than in these large single plates. An image engraved to this size on the hard-wearing surface of steel would have taken at least two years to execute. The prints however are undoubtedly works of art in their own right and not merely reproductions.

Size image: 58 x 39 cm (22 7/8 x 15 3/8 inches)
Size frame: 79 x 60 x 1.5 cm (31 x 23 5/8 x 5/8 inches)
Weight: 3170 g