Turner

Catalogue and print comparison

Turner’s prints were a major achievement of the C19th  - combining art, craft, technology and commerce. This evolving website hosts an illustrated catalogue raisonnée of JMW Turner's prints. Turner produced around 750 prints in his lifetime and more appeared later, going through many editions and changes of state.  Refining the early C20th catalogues can no longer be the work of single scholar, so this is designed as an updateable database where users can contribute ideas, data and images.  The starting point of this database are the catalogues prepared by Rawlinson and Finberg, being gradually augmented by subsequent scholarship. 

Individual pages for each print explore its history in more depth.  Various states of that print are illustrated and can be compared at high resolution.  Users are able to identify the differences between states using the supplied comparison too.  In addition, a user is able to upload a high resolution image (>600 or 1200 dpi) for comparison with the existing images, on condition that this image (and its metadata) are incorporated into the database.

In the comparisons, the first named image is compared with the second.  Any feature (line, defect etc) that is added to the first image to create the second image is shown in red.  Any feature that is removed from the first image to create the second image is shown in blue.

Example comparisons