535. Original John Cother Webb 1855-1927 Engraving after J.M.W. Turner

An Original John Cother Webb Framed Mezzotint on paper, after Joseph Mallord William Turner, a view of a packed Sailing Boat arriving at Calais Pier on rough seas first quarter of the Twentieth Century.

Title: Calais Pier.


Condition: Good condition, nice fresh unfaded colours, later gilt frame, glazed.

Sellers Association stamp left hand corner. Signed lower right in pencil.

This engraving is framed identical to item ref. no. 654


Width: (entire). 26.5" (67.5cm). Height: 21.25" (54.5cm).



JOHN COTHER WEBB: English engraver and mezzotint artist, born in Torquay in 1855 died in London 1927.

Called during his lifetime the "Doyen" of English mezzotinters, a student of Thomas Landsdeer, Webbs early works were on steel as engravings, but his preference was for copper and acid. All the plates were worked by himself from beginning to end. largely responsible for the promotion of the mezzotint as a desirable investment, this is a very impressive example in superb original condition. 

Joseph Mallord William Turner:

The packed boat is arriving at Calais. The heavy swell and storm clouds dominate the scene. The sun breaks through to touch the sail. The shaft of light from the sun down to the sea forms the center of the composition.

The original Painting by Turner is based on a real life event. In 1802 he took his first trip abroad via Calais, on an old sketch from the original Painting he noted that the seas had been so rough he was "nearly swampt" 

The original Oil Painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy, London in 1803. Like a number of Turner's Paintings it was not well received, and was thought unfinished in the foreground.