In this absorbing analysis of Turner's life and oat, Barry Venning argues that is necessary to look at Turner's work in its original context in order to understand the painter's creative decisions. His early career was dominated by the Napoleonic Wars, and on his extensive travels he witnessed farreaching transformations in social, economic and political life. Barry Vinning covers all aspects of the artist's career and concludes with a fresh look at Turner's artistic legacy.
Barry Venning is Associate Lecturer in Art History at the Open University. He has written and lectured extensively on Turner, and his articles have appeared in Burlington Magazine, Art History and Turner Studies.