A Turner Bibliography

The list which follows is a select bibliography chosen from the vast body of literature on Turner.

With a few exceptions, more general and introductory works are omitted, as are many catalogues of exhibitions, especially those which provided general overviews of the artist.

Between 1982 and 1993 the journal Turner Studies (published by the Tate) carried many important articles on Turner. Others have appeared, and continue to appear, elsewhere, notably in Turner Society News.

Reference Works

Evelyn Joll, Martin Butlin and Luke Herrmann (ed.), The Oxford Companion to J.M.W. Turner, 2001 (a Turner encyclopedia)*

Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, 1977; revised 1984 (the catalogue raisonné of Turner’s oil paintings)*

Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, 1979 (including the first methodical listing of Turner’s finished watercolours)*

A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, 1909 (once the chief guide to the works on paper in the Turner Bequest, currently being superseded by the Tate on-line catalogue)

W.G. Rawlinson, The Engraved Work of J.M.W. Turner, R.A. (1908-13) (the catalogue of the prints engraved after Turner)

W.G. Rawlinson, Turner’s Liber Studiorum: A Description and a Catalogue, 1878; revised 1906 (on Turner’s artistic manifesto, issued as a series of prints)

A.J. Finberg, J.M.W. Turner’s Liber Studiorum, with a Catalogue Raisonné, 1924

Gillian Forrester, Turner’s ‘Drawing Book’: The Liber Studiorum, 1996

* Each of these works contains its own extensive bibliography

Public Collections

Luke Herrmann, Ruskin and Turner: Turner Drawings in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1968

Malcolm Cormack, Turner Drawings and Watercolours in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 1975

Craig Hartley, Turner Watercolours in the Whitworth Art Gallery, 1984

Frank Milner, J.M.W. Turner: Paintings in Merseyside Collections, 1990

Martin F. Krause, Turner in Indianapolis, 1997

Kim Sloan, J.M.W. Turner: Watercolours from the R.W. Lloyd Bequest to the British Museum, 1998

Christopher Baker, J.M.W. Turner: The Vaughan Bequest, 2006

Joanna Selborne with Andrew Wilton and Cecilia Powell, Paths to Fame: Turner Watercolours from The Courtauld, 2008

Anne Hodge and Niamh MacNally, The Works of J.M.W. Turner at the National Gallery of Ireland, revised edition 2017

Biography and General Studies

A.J. Finberg, The Life of J.M.W. Turner, R.A., 1939; revised 1961

John Gage, Collected Correspondence of J.M.W. Turner, 1980; supplementary letters were published in Turner Studies 6.1, 1986

Andrew Wilton, Turner in his Time, 1987; revised 2006

John Gage, J.M.W. Turner: ‘A Wonderful Range of Mind’, 1987

Eric Shanes, Turner: The Masterworks, 1990; revised as Turner: The Master Painter, 1992; revised as Turner: The Life and Masterworks, 2004

Anthony Bailey, Standing in the Sun: A Life of J.M.W. Turner, 1997

James Hamilton, Turner: A Life, 1997

Eric Shanes, Turner: The Great Watercolours, 2000

Barry Venning, Turner, 2003

Sam Smiles, The Turner Book, 2006

Ian Warrell (ed.), J.M.W. Turner, 2007

Eric Shanes, Young Mr Turner, 2016

Franny Moyle, The Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of J.M.W. Turner, 2016

Materials, Techniques and Processes

John Gage, Colour in Turner: Poetry and Truth, 1969

Peter Bower, Turner’s Papers 1787–1820, 1990

Maurice Davies, Turner as Professor: The Artist and Linear Perspective, 1992

Joyce Townsend, Turner’s Painting Techniques, 1993

Eric Shanes, Turner’s Watercolour Explorations 1810–1842, 1997

Peter Bower, Turner’s Later Papers 1821–1851, 1999

John Gage, the chapter on Turner in Colour and Meaning: Art, Science and Symbolism, 1999

Andrew Wilton, Turner as Draughtsman, 2006

Nicola Moorby and Ian Warrell (ed.), How to Paint like Turner, 2010

Michael Rosenthal and Anne Lyles, Turner and Constable: Sketching from Nature, 2013

Ian Warrell, Turner’s Sketchbooks, 2014

Ian Warrell, Alexandra Loske et al., Turner et la Couleur, 2016

Joyce H. Townsend (with Tony Smibert), How Turner Painted: Materials & Techniques, 2019

Turner’s Britain

Eric Shanes, Turner’s Picturesque Views in England and Wales, 1979

Gerald Finley, Landscapes of Memory: Turner as Illustrator of Scott, 1980

David Hill, Turner in Yorkshire, 1980

Francina Irwin and Andrew Wilton, Turner in Scotland, 1982

David Hill, In Turner’s Footsteps: Through the Hills and Dales of Northern England, 1984

Eric Shanes, Turner’s Rivers, Harbours and Coasts, 1984

Andrew Wilton, Turner in Wales, 1984

Martin Butlin, Mollie Luther and Ian Warrell, Turner at Petworth, 1989

Eric Shanes, Turner’s England, 1990

David Hill, Turner on the Thames, 1993

David Hill, Turner in the North, 1996

Eric Shanes, Turner in 1066 Country, 1998

Katrina Thompson, Turner and Sir Walter Scott, 1999

Colin Harrison, Turner’s Oxford, 2000

Christopher Rowell, Ian Warrell and David Blayney Brown, Turner at Petworth, 2002

James Hamilton, Turner’s Britain, 2003

David Blayney Brown and Sam Smiles, Light into Colour: Turner in the South West, 2006

Emma House et al., Turner: Tours of Durham and Richmondshire, 2006

David Blayney Brown et al., Coasting: Turner and Bonington on the Shores of the Channel, 2008

Diana Cook and Dorothy Kirk, Turner in the Tamar Valley, 2009

Catherine Parry-Wingfield, J.M.W. Turner, R.A., The Artist and his House at Twickenham, 2012

Emma House et al., Rokeby: Poetry and Landscape: Walter Scott and Turner in Teesdale, 2013

Andrew Loukes, Turner’s Sussex, 2013

Ian Warrell, Turner’s Wessex, 2015

Helen Cobby, The Young Turner: Ambitions in Architecture and the Art of Perspective, 2018

Turner Abroad

Andrew Wilton and John Russell, Turner in Switzerland, 1976

Andrew Wilton, Turner Abroad: France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, 1982

Lindsay Stainton, Turner’s Venice, 1985

Cecilia Powell, Turner in the South: Rome, Naples, Florence, 1987

Cecilia Powell, Turner’s Rivers of Europe: The Rhine, Meuse and Mosel, 1991

David Hill, Turner in the Alps, 1992

A.G.H. Bachrach, Turner’s Holland, 1994

Cecilia Powell, Turner in Germany, 1995

Ian Warrell, Through Switzerland with Turner, 1995

Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, 1997

David Blayney Brown, Turner in the Alps, 1802, 1998

Cecilia Powell, Italy in the Age of Turner, 1998

Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, 1999

David Hill, Joseph Mallord William Turner: Le Mont-Blanc et la Vallée d’Aoste, 2000

Ian Warrell, Turner and Venice, 2003

James Hamilton, Turner and Italy, 2008

David Blayney Brown (intro), J.M.W. Turner: The ‘Lucerne’ Sketchbook, 2018

David Blayney Brown, Cees Nooteboom, Fanni Fetzer and Beat Wismer, Turner. The Sea and the Alps, 2019

Ian Warrell, Venice with Turner, 2020

Science, Industry and Technology

John Gage, Turner: Rain, Steam and Speed, 1972

Judy Egerton, Turner: The Fighting Temeraire, 1995

William S. Rodner, J.M.W. Turner: Romantic Painter of the Industrial Revolution, 1997

James Hamilton, Turner and the Scientists, 1998

David Hill, Turner and Leeds: Images of Industry, 2008

Turner and Other Artists

Robert Hewison, Ian Warrell and Stephen Wildman, Ruskin, Turner and the Pre-Raphaelites, 2000

Katharine Lochnan et al., Turner Whistler Monet, 2004

Helen Dorey, John Soane & J M W Turner: Illuminating a Friendship, 2007

David Solkin et al., Turner and the Masters, 2009

Jeremy Lewison, Turner Monet Twombly: Later Paintings, 2011

Ian Warrell et al., Turner Inspired: In the Light of Claude, 2012

Further Thematic Treatments

Andrew Wilton, Turner and the Sublime, 1980

Gerald Finley, Turner and George IV in Edinburgh, 1822, 1981

Luke Herrmann, Turner Prints: The Engraved Work of J.M.W. Turner, 1990

Kathleen Nicholson, Turner’s Classical Landscapes: Myth and Meaning, 1990

Eric Shanes, Turner’s Human Landscape, 1990

Andrew Wilton, Painting and Poetry: Turner’s ‘Verse Book’ and his Work of 1804–12, 1990

David Blayney Brown, Turner and Byron, 1992

Jan Piggott, Turner’s Vignettes, 1994

Gerald Finley, Angel in the Sun: Turner’s Vision of History, 1999

James Hamilton, Turner: The Late Seascapes, 2003

Sam Smiles, J.M.W. Turner: The Making of a Modern Artist, 2007

Ortrud Westheider and Michael Philipp (ed.), Turner and the Elements, 2011

Leo Costello, J.M.W. Turner and the Subject of History, 2012

Ian Warrell, Turner’s Secret Sketches, 2012

Christine Riding, Richard Johns et al., Turner and the Sea, 2013

David Blayney Brown, Amy Concannon and Sam Smiles, Late Turner: Painting Set Free, 2014

David Blayney Brown (intro), J.M.W. Turner: The ‘Skies’ Sketchbook, 2016

Susan Grace Galassi, Ian Warrell, Joanna Sheers Seidenstein et al., Turner’s Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages through Time, 2017

Nicholas R. Bell (ed.), Conversations with Turner. The Watercolors, 2019

David Blayney Brown, Amy Concannon, James Finch and Sam Smiles, Turner’s Modern World, 2020

Sam Smiles, The Late Works of J.M.W. Turner. The Artist and his Critics, 2020

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