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J.M.W. Turner. 1775-1851.

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Basle. c. 1806-07. Published by J.M.W. Turner, ?11 June 1807. Etching and mezzotint. Finberg 5.ii/vi. Series: Liber Studiorum. Image: 7 1/4 x 10 1/4; plate: 8 1/4 x 11 1/4; sheet: 10 3/4 x 14 3/8. Drawn and etched by J.M.W Turner. Engraved (mezzotinted) by C. Turner (Charles Turner. 1773-1857). Margins grubby; otherwise good condition. A fine impression printed in sepia ink, on cream laid paper with full margins. Signed with the artists' names in the plate. $450.

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It is the first of eleven published Liber subjects in Turner’s ‘Architectural’ category, as denoted by the letter ‘A’ above the image.

"Turner had recorded this view of Basel, looking south across the Rhine and the old Mittlere Brücke (Middle Bridge) to the twin spires of the cathedral, in the Fonthill sketchbook, on his first tour of Switzerland in 1802 (Tate D02231; Turner Bequest XLVII 54). He developed it for the first ‘Architectural’ plate published in the Liber Studiorum, and included a second urban view of the river, at Laufenburg, about twenty miles to the east, later in the series (see Tate D08135; Turner Bequest CXVII H). About a quarter of the original composition, comprising most of the eastern, stone arches of the bridge to the left, was omitted in the Liber design."

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