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J.M.W. Turner - Ackroyd's Brief Lives

Peter Ackroyd

In this second volume in the Ackroyd's Brief Lives series, bestselling author Peter Ackroyd brings us a man of humble beginnings, crude manners, and prodigious talents, the nineteenth-century painter J. M. W. Turner. Joseph Mallord William Turner was born in London in 1775. His father was a barber, and his mother came from a family of London butchers. "His speech was recognizably that of a Cockney, and his language was the language of the streets." As his finest paintings show, his language was also the language of light. Turner's landscapes-extraordinary studies in light, colour, and texture-caused an uproar during his lifetime and earned him a place as one of the greatest artists in history. Displaying his artistic abilities as a young child, Turner entered the Royal Academy of Arts when he was just fourteen years old. A year later his paintings appeared in an important public exhibition, and he rapidly achieved prominence, becoming a Royal Academician in 1802 and Professor of Perspective at the Academy from 1807-1837. His private life, however, was less orderly. Never married, he spent much time living in taverns, where he was well known for his truculence and his stinginess with money. Peter Ackroyd deftly follows Turner's first loves of architecture, engraving, and watercolours, and the country houses, cathedrals, and landscapes of England. While his passion for Italy led him to oil painting, Turner's love for London remained central to his heart and soul, and it was within sight of his beloved Thames that he died in 1851. His dying words were: "The sun is God." Also available in ACKROYD'S BRIEF LIVES Chaucer

In this second volume in the Ackroyd's Brief Lives series, bestselling author Peter Ackroyd brings us a man of humble beginnings, crude manners, and prodigious talents, the nineteenth-century painter J. M. W. Turner. Joseph Mallord William Turner was born in London in 1775. His father was a barber, and his mother came from a family of London butchers. "His speech was recognizably that of a Cockney, and his language was the language of the streets." As his finest paintings show, his language was also the language of light. Turner's landscapes-extraordinary studies in light, colour, and texture-caused an uproar during his lifetime and earned him a place as one of the greatest artists in history. Displaying his artistic abilities as a young child, Turner entered the Royal Academy of Arts when he was just fourteen years old. A year later his paintings appeared in an important public exhibition, and he rapidly achieved prominence, becoming a Royal Academician in 1802 and Professor of Perspective at the Academy from 1807-1837. His private life, however, was less orderly. Never married, he spent much time living in taverns, where he was well known for his truculence and his stinginess with money. Peter Ackroyd deftly follows Turner's first loves of architecture, engraving, and watercolours, and the country houses, cathedrals, and landscapes of England. While his passion for Italy led him to oil painting, Turner's love for London remained central to his heart and soul, and it was within sight of his beloved Thames that he died in 1851. His dying words were: "The sun is God." Also available in ACKROYD'S BRIEF LIVES Chaucer
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In this second volume in the Ackroyd's Brief Lives series, bestselling author Peter Ackroyd brings us a man of humble beginnings, crude manners, and prodigious talents, the nineteenth-century painter J. M. W. Turner. Joseph Mallord William Turner was born in London in 1775. His father was a barber, and his mother came from a family of London butchers. "His speech was recognizably that of a Cockney, and his language was the language of the streets." As his finest paintings show, his language was also the language of light. Turner's landscapes-extraordinary studies in light, colour, and texture-caused an uproar during his lifetime and earned him a place as one of the greatest artists in history. Displaying his artistic abilities as a young child, Turner entered the Royal Academy of Arts when he was just fourteen years old. A year later his paintings appeared in an important public exhibition, and he rapidly achieved prominence, becoming a Royal Academician in 1802 and Professor of Perspective at the Academy from 1807-1837. His private life, however, was less orderly. Never married, he spent much time living in taverns, where he was well known for his truculence and his stinginess with money. Peter Ackroyd deftly follows Turner's first loves of architecture, engraving, and watercolours, and the country houses, cathedrals, and landscapes of England. While his passion for Italy led him to oil painting, Turner's love for London remained central to his heart and soul, and it was within sight of his beloved Thames that he died in 1851. His dying words were: "The sun is God." Also available in ACKROYD'S BRIEF LIVES Chaucer

Language:

English

Narrators:

Nicholas Guy Smith

Length:

4h 25m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:16


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:37


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

09:11


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:58


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:02


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:32


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:40


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:20


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:30


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:56


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:21


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:30


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:05


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:57


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:21


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:13


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:28


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:01


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:42


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:59


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:02


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:50


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:56


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:03


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:57


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:22


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:56


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:18


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

09:07


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:03


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:17


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:00


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:46


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:53


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:35


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:30


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:54


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

00:32