Life of J.M.W. Turner, R.A; Founded on Letters and Papers Furnished by His Friends and Fellow-Academicians

Life of J.M.W. Turner, R.A; Founded on Letters and Papers Furnished by His Friends and Fellow-Academicians

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ... a farthing less.' Mr. Robinson, parrying the thrust with the ordinary tradesman's skill of fence, without any notion of the demand being a serious one, blandly suggested, 'Say eight hundred guineas each, Mr. Turner.' The painter turned round upon him like a hurt lion; his clear grey eyes flashed with fury; and his stature acquired increase from the indignation of his soul Was he going to have his masterpieces, that surpassed Claude, higgled for by a printseller?' No, ' he cried; 'I'd rather keep them for my windingsheet and he meant it, too; for the bitter heats and chills of life had tempered that soul of his into stuff" harder than steel. But, say his malignant detractors what they may, could a man who was a mere sordid miser have found it in his heart to spurn a cheque for 1,600 guineas? According to Mr. Alaric Watts, the larger plates from his works, albeit of unrivalled beauty as works of Art, were productive of small profit to their publishers. Indeed, the series of ' Views in England and Wales, ' issued in conjunction with Mr. Charles Heath, yielded 'so Flemish a balance of profit' as to compel its discontinuance at the twenty-fourth part in 1838, when it became necessary to sell off the stock and copper plates in order to adjust the accounts. The whole property accordingly was submitted to Mr. Bohn for 3,000/.; but, his 344 A MYTHICAL BREAKFAST. offer being 200/. below that sum, it was entrusted to Messrs. Southgate for sale by auction. On the day appointed for the sale, to the vexation of many who had come prepared to purchase portions of it, Turner stepped in and bought it privately, at the reserved price of 3,000/.; immediately after which he walked up to the well-known bibliopole and said, 'So, sir, you were going to buy my...show more

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  • Paperback | 262 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 472g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236618882
  • 9781236618887