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

Christ and the Woman of Samaria. c. 1810-15. Drawn and etched by J.M.W Turner. Engraved(mezzotinted) by S.W. Reynolds (Samuel William Reynolds 1773-1835. Published by J.M.W. Turner, 1 January 1819. Etching and mezzotint. Finberg 79.v/v. Series: Liber Studiorum Part XIV. Image: 7 1/4 x 10 3/8; plate: 8 1/8 x 11 3/8; sheet 12 x 17 1/2. . A fine impression printed in black/brown ink, on cream wove paper with full margins and deckle edges on two sides. This is an impression that J.M.W.Turner retained for his private collection and that was auctioned by his executors in 1873. All impressions included in this sale bore the Turner Sale Blindstamp, found in the lower center of the plate. Signed with the artist's and mezzotinter's names in the plate. $750.

An example of Turner's Historical’ subject classification, as denoted by the letter ‘H’ above the image.

In his only New Testament subject for the Liber Studiorum, Turner represented the episode from St John’s Gospel, where Christ meets a Samaritan woman at a well and speaks with her, metaphorically expressing His purpose.

For the full discussion, please visit: https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-christ-and-the-woman-of-samaria-r1131772Tate.

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