1820 Hakewill Picturesque Tour of Italy, by J.M.W. Turner

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Title Page
HWI1 $65
Title Page
HWI2 $65
Castle of Lenici in the Gulph of Spezia
HWI7 $65
Mola di Gaieta
Rome, ruins of the Palace of the Caesars, on the Palantine Hill
Rome, view from Monte Testaccio by J.M.W. Turner
HWI12 $75
Tomb of Cecilia Metella by J.M.W. Turner
HWI17 $75
Naples from the Mole by J.M.W. Turner
HWI18 $75
Lake of Nemi by J.M.W. Turner
HWI19 $75
Bridge at Narni by J.M.W. Turner
HWI20 $75
Cascatelle of Tivoli
HWI21 $65
Bridge of Augustus at Rimini
HWI22 $65
Grotto of Posilipo
HWI27 $65
Tomb of Virgil
HWI28 $65

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1820 Hakewill Picturesque Tour of Italy, by J.M.W. Turner

A Picturesque Tour of Italy was the most ambitious work of the architect John Hakewill (1778-1843). His plan was to engage eight artists to create watercolors for engraving, from the sketches made during his travels in Italy in 1816-1817.

The publisher refused to accept any except those of James Mallard William Turner, the notable English landscape artist, delaying the publication somewhat. It was an important milestone for Turner as it was the first time he used the drawings of another artist to paint watercolors of places he had not seen. He went on to use this technique regularly in producing his work.

Hakewill’s publication was not a financial success, due in part to the large payment of 200 guineas to Turner for his contribution. The collection of 20 watercolors by Turner was broken up when later sold on the market.

Each print measures approximately 10 inches by 14 inches and is on thick wove paper, with some foxing in the margins as shown. The views of Italy are absolute gems of engraving, with the scenes by Turner of exception beauty, each one noted as “Drawn by J.M.W. Turner RA from a finished Sketch by James Hakewill”.

References include: Tate Gallery: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions 1986-88, London 1996.

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