“NO LANDSCAPE PAINTER HAS EQUALLED TURNER IN RANGE, IN IMAGINATION, OR SUBLIMITY”
TURNER, J.M.W. The Turner Gallery. A Series of One Hundred and Twenty Engravings From the Works of the Late J.M.W. Turner, R.A. New York: D. Appleton, circa 1880. Two volumes. Folio, original full brown gilt- and blind-stamped morocco, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. $2500.
Later edition of this compilation and discussion of 120 fine steel engravings by Turner, very handsomely bound in full publisher’s morocco-gilt.
"Turner raised landscape-painting to an elevation it had never before reached… He taught artists to look at Nature from his point of view" (James Dafforne). "Here we have no longer a second-rate version of a mere cosmopolitan art, but a school truly indigenous, both in its style and its technical means… Among the landscape etchers of the early 19th century [Turner is] the most distinguished artist of all" (Hind, 222, 242). "No landscape-painter has equaled Turner in range, in imagination, or sublimity" (Monkhouse). These volumes include full-page engravings of such masterpieces as "The Fighting Téméraire," "Hannibal and His Army Crossing the Alps," "Ulysses Deriding Polyphemus," and "Rain, Steam, and Speed," with descriptions by art historian W. Cosmo Monkhouse. First published in 1861.
Plates and text fine, beautiful binding with just a hint of rubbing.