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Turner's Britain
Hamilton, James, 1948-
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London ; New York : Merrell, 2003.
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208 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 29 cm
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"Published on the occasion of the exhibition Turner's Britain, organized by Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery, 7 November 2003-8 February 2004"--T.p. verso.
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ND497.T8 A4 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Takes us on Turner's restless journeys on foot and horseback, by stagecoach and riverboat, as the artist sketched the rural market towns, the burgeoning industrial cities and the lonely landscapes of Wales and much more.

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Library Journal Review

It is truly a feat that prominent Turner scholar Hamilton (Turner: A Life) continues to find something new and intellectually stimulating in the works and to transmit his enthusiasm to the reader, as he does in these two new volumes. Britain in the late 18th century was a country of enormous changes-economic, social, and cultural. As J.M.W. Turner moved about the country, from northern Scotland to Land's End, seeking patronage and publishers, he also compiled a visual record of great beauty and historical importance. In Turner's Britain, Hamilton focuses on the relationship of the artist and the countryside he so loved: a patriotism and affection that can be felt in every view of the rural markets and lonely landscapes, bustling cities and ancient castles. Published to accompany an exhibition at the Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery (Nov. 2003-Feb. 2004), the book contains a previously unpublished series of vignettes painted in 1820 as well as a wealth of excellent reproductions of Turner's images and impressions (95 in color, 15 b&w). An excellent time line provides the historical context, and Hamilton's splendid style is both scholarly and elegant. The reader is afforded a look at Britain through the eyes of a singular genius. With Turner: The Late Seascapes, a publication accompanying an international traveling exhibition (2003-04), Hamilton again writes on one aspect of the artist's work and, with his usual skillful hand and superb eye, provides rich new insight into these powerfully moving works. With its 70 color and 21 black-and-white illustrations, the book examines the influence of the 17th-century Dutch painters upon the artist as well as his frequent habit of pairing works. Turner's interest in the newly developed field of photography and optics, his endless fascination with the sea, and the possible sources for the "Whaling" series are all given intense scrutiny. Both books are recommended for all art libraries and large public collections as well as those serving historic and cultural interests.-Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

J.M.W. Turner's long and remarkable career has been examined from a variety of perspectives. Hamilton (university curator, Univ. of Birmingham, UK) considers his relationship to Britain in this book published to coincide with an exhibition currently underway in Birmingham, England. Turner's engagement with Britain, as opposed to other sources of inspiration from Italy, France, or Switzerland, is well known and extensively documented. Hamilton, who has several books on the artist to his credit, presents an informed and fresh look at Turner's British (presented here as primarily English) pictures that he rightly sees as expressions of the artist's belief that his native land "was as worthy a subject for painting as the Roman Compagna." Although Hamilton has made the most of the restrictions imposed by the accompanying exhibition, a less selective approach to recent scholarship would have given some of his arguments greater authority. The abundant color plates are outstanding and include several rarely reproduced illustrations. Endnotes; further reading section; catalog of the exhibition; time line; two maps. An attractive addition to the literature on this great artist. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through faculty. W. S. Rodner Tidewater Community College