Turner's Secret Sketches
Turner's Secret Sketches
Turner's Secret Sketches
Turner's Secret Sketches
Turner's Secret Sketches
Turner's Secret Sketches
Turner's Secret Sketches
Turner's Secret Sketches

Turner's Secret Sketches

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By Ian Warrell
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This beautifully illustrated book is the first to explore Turner’s erotic works – a little-known strand in the artist’s practice – and brings together an outstanding selection of sensual and passionate drawings, all taken from Tate’s collection.

In December 1858 the prominent art critic John Ruskin supervised the destruction at the National gallery of a parcel of erotic sketches made by J.M.W. Turner. Or did he?

Speculation continues about what exactly the parcel contained, and whether it was indeed destroyed, especially given the existence of many works of an erotic nature in the Turner Bequest, now at Tate. These include sketchbooks that were formerly grouped together by Ruskin and annotated with the memorable phrase: ‘kept as evidence of a failure of mind only’.

If Ruskin's purge did take place, why were these not also burned?

Through a detailed exploration of these images and their unusual history, Ian Warrell sheds light on the hidden life of Britain’s most celebrated painter and his controversial legacy, which is sure to fascinate scholars and Turner devotees alike.

Ian Warrell is an independant curator specialising in British art of the 19th century. He has written extensively on Turner, and has curated exhibitions on many aspects of his art. He is the author of Turner's Sketchbooks and Venice with Turner, also from Tate Publishing.
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  • Artist Joseph Mallord William Turner
  • Dimensions 14 x 17.3 cm
  • Author Ian Warrell
  • ISBN 978 1 84976 085 0
  • Hardback Yes
  • Number of illustrations 45 colour illustrations
  • No of pages 144pp
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Rest of world – 7-10 working days

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We currently offer free standard delivery on UK orders over £50. Please note that this is offer is valid only online. Our other delivery costs are as follows.

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UK – £3.60 per order

Europe – £12 per order

Rest of world – £28 per order

Limited editions

Due to the nature of our Limited Edition artworks, Tate offers rates for packaging materials to sufficiently protect the works and a fully insured, door-to-door courier service, for both UK and international shipping.

Unframed prints and small works:
UK – £30 each
Europe – £120 each
Rest of world – £150 each

Framed works and 3D objects:
UK – £50 each
Europe – £150 each
Rest of world – £180 each

Please note that some 3D artworks require bespoke shipping quotes, including Phyllida Barlow's Catch, 2016 and Taryn Simon's Anthem, 2015.

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Refunds & returns

We’ve extended our refund policy for the festive period! We are happy to exchange or refund goods bought between 1st November and 23rd December until 31st January 2020 with proof of purchase and in a saleable condition. Some exclusions apply. For more details, please continue reading or check our Terms & Conditions page. This does not affect your statutory rights.

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