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 ...

Turner: Brief Lives 2 2006, Vintage Books

ISBN-13: 9780099287285

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