The Life of J. M. W. Turner: Founded on Letters and Papers Furnished by His Friends and Fellow Academicians

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 14, 2013 - Art - 442 pages
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This pioneering two-volume biography, first published in 1862, explores the genius of the groundbreaking Romantic landscape and historical painter J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851). As both journalist and historian, author Walter Thornbury (1828-76) has a light touch, yet he draws on a wide range of correspondence, sketchbooks, watercolours and etchings to give a detailed picture of Turner's artistic development and connections, and his increasingly eccentric character. Volume 1 traces the artist's progress from humble cockney beginnings, through youthful friendship and rivalry with Thomas Girtin and a stint as a drawing-master, to his establishment as a Royal Academician at the heart of the nineteenth-century art world. Thornbury sees Turner from all angles, covering his travels at home and abroad, his watercolour and printmaking techniques, his love of sea and sky and colour gradations, and even his fraught monetary dealings. The author also fully contextualises great works like Ulysses Deriding Polythemus and The Fighting Temeraire.
 

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Contents

CONTENTS or THE FIRST VOLUME
4
CHAPTER II
26
CHAPTER III
43
CHAPTER IV
70
CHAPTER V
78
CHAPTER VI
91
CHAPTER VII
101
CHAPTER VIII
128
TURNERINSCOTLAND
181
Tlmmms worm FOR THE ENGBAVERS
243
CHAPTER XIV
257
CHAPTER XVI
289
CHAPTER XVII
302
CHAPTER XX
333
CHAPTER XXI
346
CHAPTER XXIII
386

RISE AND PROGRESS OF WATERCOLOUR PAINTING IN ENGLAND
142
CHAPTER X
150

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