Falmouth Harbour, Cornwall was first published in 1816, as part of a major topographical print project directed by WB Cooke. The Picturesque Views of the Southern Coast of England ran from 1814 to 1826, and included forty-eight plates and thirty-two vignettes by Turner. It was a significant commission for the artist, enabling him to showcase his topographical subjects to a wider public.
This particular plate, from the King's Library, originated from an 1811 tour of the West Country, commissioned by Cooke for the Southern Coast series. Preparatory sketches in the Devonshire Coast, No.1 sketchbook (Tate Britain) were developed into a watercolour design now held at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Merseyside.
- Full title:
- Picturesque views on the southern coast of England, from drawings made principally by J. M. W. Turner, and engraved by W. B. Cooke, George Cooke, and other eminent engravers.
- 1816, London
- Mezzotint engraving / Engraving
- William Bernard Cooke, Joseph Mallord William Turner
- Usage terms
- Public Domain
- Held by
- British Library
- Article by:
- Martin Myrone
- Transforming topography
Martin Myrone unpacks Henry Fuseli's Fourth Lecture on Painting as Professor of Painting at the Royal Academy.
- Article by:
- Sam Smiles
- Antiquarianism, Country
Sam Smiles shows how topography was central to JMW Turner's output, and how his career was arguably built on designing topographical views for print publication.