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Shanes, Eric

Young Mr Turner : the first forty years, 1775-1815 / Eric Shanes.

New Haven : Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art by Yale University Press, [2016]
Physical Description:
xiii, 538 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 30 cm
Reference Library
NJ18.T85 S33 2016 (LC) Oversize
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"J. M. W. Turner : A life in art, I"--Title page.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 510-517) and index.
J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851) was arguably Britain's greatest painter. Through a remarkable amount of groundbreaking research, and by rigorously examining the existing evidence concerning the artist's first 40 years. Eric Shanes has been able to unearth a mass of new information, forge many fresh links and provide a great number of original insights. His own training as a painter has enabled him to bring a profound understanding to the practical side of Turner, and thereby reveal many aspects of the output that have hitherto been overlooked. In order to intensify our grasp of the interrelationship between Turner the man and Turner the painter, this book contains over 450 illustrations that form an integral part of the story. As a consequence, we are able to perceive the exact trajectory of Turner's formative years and early maturity more clearly than ever before. Within a strictly chronological framework, Turner's personal and creative developments are charted in tandem, offering an exploration of his stengths and weaknesses of character, and his intellectual and emotional complexity. Shanes provides an unrivalled account of Turner's creative aims and responses, his imaginative and technical evolution, his poetic aspirations and identifications, his strong sense of duty and his educative ambitions. No less closely scrutinised are Turner's mastery of art-world politics, his wider political outlook, his professional relationships, his sales, financial dealings and investments, his travels, and even the buildings in which he lived and worked. Ultimately, we are shown that, despite his difficulties with verbal communication, Turner possessed one of the sharpest and most dazzling minds in the entire history of art. -- from dust jacket.
Subject Terms:
Great Britain.
Painters -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Turner, J. M. W. (Joseph Mallord William), 1775-1851 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Turner, J. M. W. (Joseph Mallord William), 1775-1851.
Turner, Joseph Mallord William, 1775-1851.
Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, sponsoring body.

  • Antecedents and early years, 1775 to 1788
  • London again, autumn 1788 to autumn 1789
  • In Sir Joshua's house, 1789 to 1792
  • Six advantages and a demand, 1792 to 1793
  • The only Turner prize, 1793
  • Just a few tones by candlelight, 1793 to 1794 and beyond
  • Coming of age, 1795 to 1796
  • Grandeur, 1796 to 1798
  • The sister arts, 1798
  • Vindication, November 1798 to November 1799
  • The dark side, 1799 to 1800
  • Tragedy and triumph, December 1800 to April 1801
  • Gaining the summit, April 1801 to February 1802
  • High places and high art, February to October 1802
  • Dispute and disillusion, November 1802 to July 1803
  • Another great room, spring 1803 to spring 1804
  • Arcadia-upon-Thames, June 1804 to December 1805
  • Staying away, December 1805 to December 1806
  • Another grand title, November 1806 to December 1807
  • Higher education, January to September 1808
  • 'The first landscape painter in Europe, the first marine painter in the world', September 1808 to June 1809
  • Six houses, three castles and a high street, June to December 1809
  • A year's grace, 1810
  • Just six weeks, January and February 1811
  • A new epoch, February to November 1811
  • 'This Prospero of the graphic art', November 1811 to May 1812
  • A man of property, June 1812 to May 1813
  • An English Eden, May to December 1813
  • 'The eye wanders entranced', January to November 1814
  • The tremendous range of his accomplishments, November 1814 to May 1815.