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Campbell's Poetical Works

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (engraved)

  • Date:

    1837 (engraved)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Turner, Joseph Mallord William, born 1775 - died 1851 (artist)
    Wallis, Robert, born 1794 - died 1878 (engravers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Line engraving on steel

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Horace Mummery

  • Museum number:

    E.4824-1946

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EL, shelf 134

Physical description

Line engraving on steel, printed on paper

Place of Origin

Britain (engraved)

Date

1837 (engraved)

Artist/maker

Turner, Joseph Mallord William, born 1775 - died 1851 (artist)
Wallis, Robert, born 1794 - died 1878 (engravers)

Materials and Techniques

Line engraving on steel

Descriptive line

Line engraving on steel by Robert Wallis depicting a vignette entitled 'Hohenlinden', after a drawing by J. M. W. Turner, illustrating 'Campbell's Poetical Works' (Moxon). Great Britain, 1837.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Thomas Campbell (27 July 1777 – 15 June 1844) was a Scottish poet chiefly remembered for his sentimental poetry on the human condition. He was also one of the initiators of a plan to found what became the University of London. In 1799, he wrote "The Pleasures of Hope", a traditional 18th century survey in heroic couplets. He also produced several patriotic war songs—"Ye Mariners of England", "The Soldier's Dream", "Hohenlinden" and in 1801, "The Battle of Mad and Strange Turkish Princes".

THE little village of Hohenlinden, or Linden, as it was often called, stands in a pine forest of Upper Bavaria, on the banks of the swift-flowing river Iser, about twenty miles distant from Munich. In December, 1800, two great armies, the one Austrian, the other French and Bavarian, commanded by Napoleon's General Moreau, drew close to each other along the river. Snow had been falling for several days. The weather was bitterly cold. The armies opened fire, however, and a great battle was fought in the forest, although the snow-storm was so blinding that the soldiers could only distinguish their enemies by the flash of their guns. The battle raged through the woods, across the hills, and along the river. The French and Bavarians finally won, and the Emperor of Austria had to accept Napoleon's terms of peace in order to save his capital of Vienna from capture. In the poem "Frank" means the French, "Hun" stands for the Austrians, and "Munich" refers to the Bavarians and their capital.
During his travels in Germany the English poet Campbell saw a battle from a convent near Ratisbon, and he also visited the field of Ingolstadt after a battle. From these experiences he wrote his poem on Hohenlinden.

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Line engraving

Subjects depicted

War; Battles; Poetry

Categories

Prints; Illustration

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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