* over 360 oil paintings, indexed and arranged in chronological order
* a selection of over 190 watercolours, indexed and arranged in chronological order
* special ‘Highlights’ section, with concise introductions to the masterpieces, giving valuable contextual information
* learn about the history of 'The Fighting Temeraire' and other famous works in clear, but scholarly detail.
* beautiful 'detail' images, allowing you to 'zoom in' and explore Turner's most famous paintings
* numerous images relating to Turner’s life, places and works
* learn about the great artist's life in William Cosmo Monkhouse's famous biography
* hundreds of images in stunning colour - highly recommended for tablets, iPhone and iPad users, or as a valuable reference tool on traditional eReaders
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FISHERMEN AT SEA
BUTTERMERE LAKE, WITH PART OF CROMACKWATER, A SHOWER
SELF PORTRAIT, 1799
THE FALL OF AN AVALANCHE IN THE GRISONS
SNOW STORM: HANNIBAL AND HIS ARMY CROSSING THE ALPS
BONNEVILLE, SAVOY WITH MONT BLANC
DIDO BUILDING CARTHAGE
THE BURNING OF THE HOUSES OF LORDS AND COMMONS
ULYSSES DERIDING POLYPHEMUS
PEACE — BURIAL AT SEA
THE FIGHTING TEMERAIRE
SHADE AND DARKNESS - THE EVENING OF THE DELUGE
THE SLAVE SHIP
RAIN, STEAM AND SPEED - THE GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY
SNOWSTORM - STEAM-BOAT OFF A HARBOUR’S MOUTH
LANDSCAPE WITH DISTANT RIVER AND BAY
A DISASTER AT SEA
NORHAM CASTLE SUNRISE
The Oil Paintings
THE OIL PAINTINGS
ALPHABETICAL LIST OF OIL PAINTINGS
The Watercolour Paintings
THE WATERCOLOUR PAINTINGS
ALPHABETICAL LIST OF WATERCOLOURS
TURNER by William Cosmo Monkhouse
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Joseph Mallord William Turner was English artist, one of the greatest and most original of all landscape painters. Turner was considered a controversial figure in his day, but is now regarded as the artist who elevated landscape painting to an eminence rivaling history painting. Although renowned for his oil paintings, Turner is also one of the greatest masters of British watercolor landscape painting. In 1856 the Court of Chancery awarded all the works remaining in his possession at his death to the National Gallery - about 300 oils and 19,000 drawings and watercolors. He is commonly known as "the painter of light" and his work is regarded as a Romantic preface to Impressionism.
Joseph Mallord William Turner was born in London in 1775. His father was a barber, and his mother came from a family of London butchers. “His speech was recognizably that of a Cockney, and his language was the language of the streets.” As his finest paintings show, his language was also the language of light. Turner’s landscapes—extraordinary studies in light, colour, and texture—caused an uproar during his lifetime and earned him a place as one of the greatest artists in history.
Displaying his artistic abilities as a young child, Turner entered the Royal Academy of Arts when he was just fourteen years old. A year later his paintings appeared in an important public exhibition, and he rapidly achieved prominence, becoming a Royal Academician in 1802 and Professor of Perspective at the Academy from 1807–1837. His private life, however, was less orderly. Never married, he spent much time living in taverns, where he was well known for his truculence and his stinginess with money.
Peter Ackroyd deftly follows Turner’s first loves of architecture, engraving, and watercolours, and the country houses, cathedrals, and landscapes of England. While his passion for Italy led him to oil painting, Turner’s love for London remained central to his heart and soul, and it was within sight of his beloved Thames that he died in 1851. His dying words were: “The sun is God.”
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After every work of art in the country was evaluated a short list of finalists by British, Italian, Dutch, Belgian and French artists was announced. There were heavy hitters like Still Life: Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh. Also on the list was one of the most original works in the Western World's art canon - The Arnolfini Portrait by Netherlands painter Jan van Eyck in 1434, perpetrated with oils on three panels of oak boards.
In the end the vote was not all that close. The winner was The Fighting Téméraire Tugged to Her Last Berth to Be Broken Up, 1838 painted by a contemporary and bitter rival of Constable, Joseph William Mallord Turner.
Turner was secretive and prolific in his paintings and did more than any other artist to elevate landscape painting to the lofty status of historical painting that was universally held to be the highest form of Western painting. Turner knew his rightful place among the Old Masters; 150 years after his death the people of England agreed with him.
This book tells his incredible story.
He was born in Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London, to a modest lower middle-class family. He lived in London all his life, retaining his Cockney accent and assiduously avoiding the trappings of success and fame. A child prodigy, Turner studied at the Royal Academy of Arts from 1789, enrolling when he was 14, and exhibited his first work there at 21. During this period, he also served as an architectural draftsman. Thereafter he earned a steady income from commissions and sales, which due to his troubled, contrary nature, were often begrudgingly accepted. He opened his own gallery in 1804 and became professor of perspective at the Academy in 1807, where he lectured until 1828, although he was viewed as profoundly inarticulate. He traveled to Europe from 1802, typically returning with voluminous sketchbooks.
Turner was an intensely private, eccentric and reclusive man. He was a controversial figure throughout his career; he did not marry, but fathered two daughters, Eveline (1801–1874) and Georgiana (1811–1843), by his housekeeper Sarah Danby. He became more pessimistic and morose as he got older, especially after the death of his father, after which his life deteriorated, and his gallery fell into disrepair and neglect. He lived in poor health from 1845, dying in London in 1851 aged seventy-six. He is buried in Saint Paul's Cathedral, London.
The H.M.S. Temeraire, one of Britain’s most illustrious fighting ships, is known to millions through J. M. W. Turner’s masterpiece, The Fighting Temeraire (1839), which portrays the battle-scarred veteran of Britain’s wars with Napoleonic France. In this evocative new volume, Sam Willis tells the extraordinary story of the vessel behind the painting.
This tale of two ships spans the heyday of the age of sail: the climaxes of both the Seven Years’ War (1756–63) and the Napoleonic Wars (1798–1815). Filled with richly evocative detail, and narrated with the pace and gusto of a master storyteller, The Fighting Temeraire is an enthralling and deeply satisfying work of narrative history.