Standing in the Sun
By Anthony Bailey
Published by HarperCollins
Turner is not an easy man for a biographer to handle. His secretive nature meant that almost no information about his personal life made its way into written form. Those few people who knew him well have long since followed him to the spirit world, and few of them left written records. Yet there is something so compelling about his life and work that those who appreciate him are driven to try.
This volume is the latest of many such attempts, and has only recently reached the shelves. Although it is often easier to give up on ferreting out the man behind the paintings and conscentrate primarily on his works, Bailey does not take the easy way out. Even nearly a century and a half after Turner's death, Bailey has discovered new information about this elusive and extraordinary man.
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J.M.W. Turner : Romantic Painter of the Industrial Revolution
by William S. Rodner
Published by the University of California Press
While other painters of his time (most notably John Constable) became determinedly nostalgic, Turner instead set his hand to painting and glorying in the new world taking shape around him.
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The Art of J.M.W. Turner
By Rodney Blayney Brown
Published by Knickerbocker Press
This book is a more general work that looks primarily at the most well-known of Turner's works. However, it may also be a good place to begin for a person wanting to find out basic information about his life and work.
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J.M.W. Turner : A Wonderful Range of Mind
By John Gage
Published by Yale University Press
This book is another good basic source on Turner's life and work.
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Turner on Tour
By Inge Herold
Published by International Book Import Service
One of Turner's defining characteristics was his restlessness. Throughout his long life he felt a drive to travel to new places where he could see and draw new things. Almost every year of his adult lifetime he made trips about England and the Continent, trips which resulted in multitudes of sketchbooks that recorded his experiences.
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