16. Sir Frank Short (1857-1945)
after J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851)

The Lost Sailor (Storm Over the Lizard)

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  The Lost Sailor

The Lost Sailor (Storm Over the Lizard)

Mezzotint with touches of roulette, 1896, 204 x 276 mm., Hardie 29 trial proof h or i (?). Fine, rich impression in brown on chine-appliqué with large, full margins, signed in pencil. The impression shows slight differences from Hardie’s illustration of the finished print and is apparently one of a number of different trial proofs, though exactly which one is difficult to determine from the descriptions given. No Turner drawing is known and the work was done after three different existing trial proofs of a Turner mezzotint, which was never completed or published. No wonder! The sheer dramatic complexity of the image is one to test the abilities of the greatest mezzotint artists. That Short brings it off, and without prior work on the plate in etching, is in itself a minor miracle, and the print, though not large, is a masterpieces of mezzotint engraving.