Turner and the Sea is a beautifully produced exhibition catalog showcasing J.M.W. Turner’s depictions of the sea. The volume is the first publication to focus on Turner’s lifelong fascination with the sea, from his Royal Academy debut in 1796, Fishermen at Sea, to his iconic maritime subjects of the 1830s and 1840s, such as Staffa, Fingal’s Cave. Turner and the Sea places Turner and his work firmly in the broader field of maritime painting that flourished in nineteenth-century Britain, France, Germany, Holland, and America. The majority of the works illustrated here—paintings, watercolors, sketches, sketchbooks, and engravings—are by Turner. Comparative works by some forty other artists, including Winslow Homer, James McNeill Whistler, John Constable, Benjamin West, and Gustave Courbet, are also included. The book is organized thematically and chronologically, and the subjects range from “Contested Waters,” a look at what was at stake for marine painting during the Napoleonic Wars, to “New Wave,” an exploration of Turner’s international and often surprising legacy for the art of the sea.
The publication accompanies the exhibition Turner and the Sea on view at the National Maritime Museum from November 22, 2013 through April 21, 2014, and at the Peabody Essex Museum from May 31 through September 1, 2014.
Christine Riding is Senior Curator and Head of Arts at the National Maritime Museum. She was previously Curator of Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-century British Art at Tate Britain, and was Deputy Editor of Art History. Richard Johns is a Lecturer in the History of Art at the University of York. He was previously Curator of Art (pre-1800) at the National Maritime Museum.DETAILS