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The Life of J. M. W. Turner - 2 Volume Set Walter Thornbury

The Life of J. M. W. Turner - 2 Volume Set

Walter Thornbury

Published February 14th 2013
ISBN : 9781108059442
Hardcover
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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 aMoreThis 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 Turners artistic development and connections, and his increasingly eccentric character. Volume 1 traces the artists progress from humble cockney beginnings to his establishment as a Royal Academician at the heart of the nineteenth-century art world. Volume 2 fills out the record by detailing the artists relationships with patrons such as Lord Egremont of Petworth House, and such fellow Royal Academicians as the sculptor Sir Francis Chantrey. Advised by Ruskin not to try to mask the dark side of his subject, Thornbury presents a rounded but still admiring picture of his hero.