Standing in the Sun

A Life of J.M.W. Turner



ISBN: 9781849761925 Category:

Anthony Bailey


Back in print after a decade, this book, which A. S. Byatt called “a pleasure to read,” explores the life of J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851), Britain’s most mysterious painter, whose range of work encompasses seascapes and landscapes, executed in both immensely powerful oil paintings and intimate watercolors. Anthony Bailey crafts what the Guardian called a “very fine portrait” of Turner, the short and stout son of a Covent Garden barber, who achieved fame and fortune during his lifetime and whose works remain enormously popular and influential today. Bailey “writes with flair and imagination” (Sunday Times), using archival material, scholarly literature and research, and many of Turner’s sketchbooks, paintings, and watercolors to shed new light on this complicated and secretive artistic figure.

Additional information

Weight 851 g
Dimensions 15 x 23.3 cm
Publisher name Tate Publishing
Publication date 1 October 2013
Number of pages 504
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 15 x 23.3 cm
Weight 851 g


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Anthony Bailey's books include Rembrandt's House, a biographical study of another great painter; the novel Major André; and memoirs from America and England.