About this artwork

Rhymer's Glen was an area of picturesque woodland much loved by Sir Walter Scott on his Abbotsford estate. The author's walking stick is included beside the bench. Turner visited Abbotsford in August 1831 as part of his preparations for the ambitious project to illustrate Robert Cadell's edition of Scott's 'Works'. Scott died the following year when Turner was in France and it has been suggested that this vignette is in part Turner's tribute to the continued influence of Scott's writing on his own perceptions of landscape. It was engraved as the title vignette for volume XXI of Cadell's 'Works of Sir Walter Scott'.

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Joseph Mallord William Turner

Joseph Mallord William Turner

Turner transformed the art of landscape painting in Britain. From detailed topographical studies to expansive, atmospheric vistas his works celebrate the diversity and emotive power of nature. He was born in Covent Garden, the son of a barber, and exhibited his earliest sketches in his father's shop before studying at the Royal Academy Schools. Turner became the youngest ever full member of the Royal Academy in 1802. His experimental use of watercolour and oils achieved stunning effects, attracting contemporary criticism and praise. Turner's admiration of past masters, above all Claude Lorraine, and the numerous sketches made on many tours in Britain and abroad, provided the basis for his 'sublime' land and seascapes.