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By Ian Warrell. One of the most popular painters of all time, J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851) created a remarkable collection of sketchbooks over the course of his career. Thoughtful, revealing, and beautifully rendered, these offer an unparalleled window into his creative process. His extensive travels took him all across Britain and Europe. Now in paperback, this first full survey of the artist’s sketchbooks invites readers to take a privileged look over Turner’s shoulder, witnessing the creation and development of ideas that can be traced through to his major paintings, from pencil sketches to water color roughs to more detailed preliminary renderings of landscapes, ships, harbors, and mountains.

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One of the most popular painters of all time, J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851) created a remarkable collection of sketchbooks over the course of his career. Thoughtful, revealing, and beautifully rendered, these offer an unparalleled window into his creative process. His extensive travels took him all across Britain and Europe. Now in paperback, this first full survey of the artist’s sketchbooks invites readers to take a privileged look over Turner’s shoulder, witnessing the creation and development of ideas that can be traced through to his major paintings, from pencil sketches to water color roughs to more detailed preliminary renderings of landscapes, ships, harbors, and mountains.

Beginning with his teenage efforts and culminating in the atmospheric color studies of his last years, Turner’s Sketchbooks is a unique opportunity to explore the mind of a beloved artist. Broken into six decades beginning in 1790 and ending in 1849. Each work is fully annotated, and the accompanying text also serves to describe the progress of his career. Many of these works not only became important paintings, but they were also translated into steel engravings and published in popular travel books all through this period. Here was how armchair travelers got to see the world, not only their own in Britain but the far lands of European countries and the middle East.

Ian Warrell is an independent curator specializing in British art of the 19th century. He was a curator at Tate for more than 25 years and is the leading authority on the life and work of Turner.

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Item Code TURSK
Publisher Tate
Publish Date 2015
ISBN 9781849765275
Binding Soft Cover
Dimensions 9x11
# Pages 240pg
Color Full Color
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