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Views In Sussex, Consisting Of The Most Interesting Landscape And Marine Scenery In The Rape Of Hastings, From Drawings By J.M.W. Turner, R.A. Illustrated By Historical Descriptions. The Plates Engraved By W.B. Cooke, And Published Under The Auspices Of John Fuller, Esq. Of Rose Hill. - The Scientific And Explanatory Notices Of The Drawings By R.R. Reinagle, A.R.A.

RA Collection: Book

Record number



London:: Published By John Murray, Albemarle Street; And W.B. Cooke, Judd Place East, New Road., 1819.

Physical Description

[14], 20, [2]p., [11] pl.: [1] illus.; 526 mm. (Folio.)


[T.p., dedic.] - [Plates, with descriptive texts] - [Text, 'The Rape Of Hastings'] - [Tipped-in leaf, 'Views In Sussex. List Of Engravings In Part 1.'].

Responsibility Note

The map is captioned as by Thos. Allason and signed as engraved by J. Cross. The five views are signed as drawn by J.M.W. Turner and engraved by W.B. Cooke.

The map and each of the five plates carry the publishers' imprint of John Murray and W.B. Cooke and the date (Mar. 1. 1819).

The in-text illustration is signed as engraved by W. Grainger.

The work is dedicated by W.B. Cooke to 'John Fuller, Esq., Of Rose Hill, In The County Of Sussex.'


W.G. Rawlinson, The Engraved Work Of J.M.W. Turner, R.A., vol. 1 (1908), nos. 129-33, p.68-72.

G. Hutchinson, Fuller of Sussex (1993); A. Lyles and D. Perkins, Colour into line: Turner and the art of engraving [exhibition catalogue] (1989).

Summary Note

Turner's watercolours for this work were probably commissioned by John Fuller as early as 1810. The work was to have been in two parts, but only the first part was ever published - containing engravings of five views, with an allegoric design on the wrapper, drawn and etched by Turner (the latter not present in the Royal Academy's copy).

The plates consist of one map, of the Rape of Hastings, five views (Battle Abbey, Brightling Observatory, the Vale of Ashburnham, Pevensey Bay, the Vale of Heathfield), and five engraved divisional title-plates. The five views are all engraved as 'Proof', and are identified by Rawlinson as in their second state. The in-text illustration is the headpiece to the dedication, showing a coat-of-arms.


Presented by W. B. Cooke in 1819 (acknowledged RA Council Minutes, VI, 58).

Binding Note

20th-century half calf, marbled-papered boards; black morocco spine-label lettered 'Views In Sussex'.

Name as Subject


Landscapes (environments) - Great Britain - Sussex - Hastings - History - 19th century
Drawings - Landscapes (representations) - Great Britain - 19th century
Views - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 19th century


J.M.W. Turner RA, source artist, draughtsman
William Bernard Cooke, engraver, publisher, previous owner, donor
R.R. Reinagle RA
John Murray, publisher
John Fuller, dedicatee
Thomas Allason, draughtsman
J. Cross, engraver
W. Grainger, engraver