Rhymer's Glen, Abbotsford 1831
  • Scottish Art
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'.

Glossary Open

Engraving

The printmaking technique in which an image is inscribed on a copper plate with a tool that cuts a groove in the surface. This groove holds the ink that creates the print when it is applied to paper. Also refers to the method of making an incision on a material such as glass.

Vignette

An illustration or design that fades into the surrounding space without a definite border. The term originally referred to plant forms that were used to decorate capital letters in manuscripts.

Engraving, Vignette

Details

  • Acc. No. D NG 858
  • Medium Watercolour with pen details and scraping on paper
  • Size 14.00 x 9.00 cm
  • Credit Henry Vaughan Bequest 1900