A six part set of thirty colour plates of the works by J W M Turner held at Farnley Hall, accompanied by 29 pages of text by the noted art critic Alexander J Finberg, who was commissioned by the Trustees of the National Gallery to complete John Ruskin’s arrangement and inventory of the Turner bequest there. The full title to each piece appears on the tissue guards in front of the plates, together with background notes. No date of publication is given but is believed to be c.1912.
The black paper covers are noticeably worn around the edges with small tears and chips, and have numerous general marks and dust soiling; the gilt titles and crest have faded with age. Bound with stitching and gilt cord. The colour prints are in fine condition, mounted on thick soft card leaves. The edges of some of the leaves have dust soiling and handling marks, with occasional foxing spots; page 23, listing contents, has a small section torn away on the right side, approx. 14cm x 3.5cm. Weighing approx. 1.92 kilos, the books require courier delivery.
Although the covers and binding of the books are not in the best condition, the prints themselves are fine examples of the work of the English Romantic landscape painter whose expressionistic studies of light, colour, and atmosphere were unmatched in their range and sublimity.