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Roger's 'Italy'

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Britain (engraved)

  • Date:

    1830 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Turner, Joseph Mallord William, born 1775 - died 1851 (artist)
    Smith, W.R. (engraver)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Line engraving on steel

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Horace Mummery

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EL, shelf 128

Physical description

Line engraving on steel, printed on an individual sheet of paper, depicting Hannibal passing the Alps to illustrate Samuel Roger's poem.

Place of Origin

Britain (engraved)


1830 (published)


Turner, Joseph Mallord William, born 1775 - died 1851 (artist)
Smith, W.R. (engraver)

Materials and Techniques

Line engraving on steel

Object history note

In 1814 Rogers made a tour on the Continent with his sister Sarah. He travelled through Switzerland to Italy, keeping a full diary of events and impressions, and had made his way to Naples when the news of Napoleon's escape from Elba obliged him to hurry home. Seven years later he returned to Italy, paying a visit to Byron and Shelley at Pisa. Out of the earlier of these tours arose his last and longest work, Italy. The first part was published anonymously in 1822; the second, with his name attached, in 1828. It was at first a failure, but Rogers was determined to make it a success. He enlarged and revised the poem, and commissioned illustrations from J.M.W. Turner, Thomas Stothard and Samuel Prout. These were engraved on steel in the sumptuous edition of 1830. The book then proved a great success, and Rogers followed it up with an equally sumptuous edition of his Poems,(1834).

Descriptive line

Line engraving on steel by W. R. Smith, after a vignette by J. M. W. Turner depicting Hannibal passing the Alps, originally commissioned by the poet Samuel Rogers to illustrate his poem, 'Italy'. Great Britain, 1830.




Line engraving; Illustration

Subjects depicted

Mountains; Poetry; Illustrations


Prints; Illustration


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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