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Ruskin on Turner

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‘Introduced today to the man who beyond all doubt is the greatest of the age; greatest in every faculty of the imagination, in every branch of scenic knowledge, at once the painter and poet of the day,’ wrote Ruskin of his first meeting with Turner in 1840. Nobody but a retired coachman of Tottenham shared his opinion then, but his enthusiasm was unlimited, and through his writings he worked tirelessly to establish Turner’s reputation. Dinah Birch’s selection of Turner’s pictures, and of Ruskin’s criticism, mostly from Modern Painters and Praeterita, is a celebration of the relationship between the artist and his most important interpreter.

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