Brief Lives 2: Turner (Brief Lives)

ISBN-10: 0099287285
ISBN-13: 9780099287285
Authors: Peter Ackroyd

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Ackroyd's short biography of perhaps the greatest and most original of all English painters, J.M.W. Turner. James Mallord William Turner was a Londoner through and through. His father had a barber's shop in Covent Garden, his mother came from a line of London butchers. He was brought up in Maiden Lane. He was short and pugnacious and, as Peter Ackroyd writes: "His speech was recognizably that of a Cockney, and his language was the language of the streets. His language was also the language of light, as exemplified in his most innovative of paintings, which caused the critics of the day to come to blows . . . His dying words were: 'The Sun is God.'" He entered the Royal Academy at 14 and a…    

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Publisher: Vintage Books Number of pages: 176 Dimensions: 4.37" wide x 6.69" long x 0.55" tall Weight: 0.308 lbs.