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Turner, J. M. W. (Joseph Mallord William), 1775-1851

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1775-04-23 - 1851-12-19

J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851), English Romantic painter, printmaker, and watercolorist.

Found in 56 Collections and/or Records:

Album of watercolors and drawings.

 Collection
Call Number: GEN MSS 831
Overview: The collection primarily consists of an album filled with drawings, prints, ephemera, and manuscript poems, letters, dedicatory inscriptions, and notes collected or created by John Charles Denham. The album contains 107 small drawings and sketches in graphite, ink, and watercolor by prominent British artists from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries such as Richard Parkes Bonington, John Flaxman, Sir Thomas Lawrence, Paul Sandby, J. M. W. Turner, and Benjamin West, as well as...
Dates: 1777-1935 1790-1835, bulk 1790-1835

John Ruskin letter to Ellen Heaton, 1856 October or November

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: H.43
Call Number: MSS 46
Scope and Contents: "I hope to call in Salisbury place on Saturday at one, or thereabouts -- meantime, if you can offer White 170 cash for Alnwick tomorrow, I think he is sure to take it. If he won't take the Alborough [sic] -- which is on the whole the most valuable drawing, but the Alnwick is the most exchangeable one on the market, in case you tire of it." [Date provided by Surtees: October - November 1856]
Dates: 1856 October or November

John Ruskin letter to Ellen Heaton, 1856 October or November

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: H.44
Call Number: MSS 46
Scope and Contents: "I have only offered 150 guineas for the Alborough [sic] alone, after thinking well over the matter. You will hear on Monday if accepted. I will tell you more, when I see you." [Date provided by Surtees: October - November 1856]
Dates: 1856 October or November

John Ruskin letter to Ellen Heaton, 1856 October or November

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: H.46
Call Number: MSS 46
Scope and Contents: Ruskin advises Heaton to purchase Turner's Aldborough as soon as is possible and requests that she send the money and makes the arrangements with the dealer [White] as much as she can without him as Ruskin doesn't "like any direct dealings with White just now.". Ruskin tells Heaton that if she can provide more money in cash, White would likely sell her a vignette of Walter Scott's house. Ruskin ends by saying he hopes he can meet with Heaton on Thursday....
Dates: 1856 October or November

John Ruskin letter to Ellen Heaton, 1856 November

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: H.48
Call Number: MSS 46
Scope and Contents: "All's quite right. The Scott's house goes to a noble fellow [Charles Eliot Norton] to whom it will be very useful & Corinth is yours if you like to have it when I like to give it to you! which won't be for some time yet. I enjoy your picture so much." [Date provided by Surtees: November 1856]
Dates: 1856 November

John Ruskin letter to Ellen Heaton, 1856 late November

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: H.49
Call Number: MSS 46
Scope and Contents: Ruskin advises Heaton on the preservation of her recently acquired Turner pieces, stating that the Walls of Rome and St Angelo can be displayed, provided they are "securely pasted in at the back." He says that he would not expose the Parnassus at all, for fear of damage by gas. He tells Heaton that candlelight would not damage the works. Turner praises Elizabeth Barrett Browning's ...
Dates: 1856 late November

John Ruskin letter to Ellen Heaton, 1856 December 13

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: H.51
Call Number: MSS 46
Scope and Contents: Ruskin tells Heaton that he has been enjoying Turner's Aldborough at a viewing by Thomas Richmond. He remarks: "it is most beautiful and it gives [him] intense pleasure to have it a little while by [him]." Ruskin gives Heaton the dates for her vignettes (1832 and 1833), stating that the drawings date from about a year earlier. Ruskin comments that they "are characteristic of Turners late middle period when everybody was already mocking & laughing at...
Dates: 1856 December 13

John Ruskin letter to Ellen Heaton, 1857 January 11

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: H.52
Call Number: MSS 46
Scope and Contents: Ruskin tells Heaton she is most tolerant person he knows. He goes on to advise her on her writing style, suggesting she makes her use of pronouns consistent, better utilizes the active voice and makes her sentences more concise. He objects to her anthropomorphization of animals and the weather. He advises Heaton to make her caterpillar "full of Caterpillar faults - like a poor mortal" and suggests she change the caterpillar's characterization. Ruskin says he hasn't acquired her Venice...
Dates: 1857 January 11

John Ruskin letter to Ellen Heaton, January 1857

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: H.54
Call Number: MSS 46
Scope and Contents: Ruskin tells Heaton he does not have any works by William Holman Hunt and advises her to get as many Turners as possible while they are on the market, although he won't let her have his Corinth. He tells Heaton that they will rise in value and that he is "buying all I can afford" suggesting that she can "help Pre Rs after present opportunities are gone for Turner." He gives Heaton further advice on her writing. Ruskin gives Heaton prices at which...
Dates: January 1857

John Ruskin letter to Ellen Heaton, 1857 January 20?

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: H.55
Call Number: MSS 46
Scope and Contents: Ruskin tells Heaton he will send her the drawings on Monday. He has bought her two drawings by Turner, at £95. He asks if she could pay him the money by Tuesday morning. He describes the works' dimensions and subject matter ("studies from nature") and says that "they will be nearly unique out of the national collection.". [Date provided by Surtees: ? Tuesday, 20 January 1857]
Dates: 1857 January 20?

John Ruskin letter to Ellen Heaton, 1857 January 24

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: H.58
Call Number: MSS 46
Scope and Contents: This letter outlines Ruskin's negotiations for two sketches and a vignette, all by Turner, on Heaton's behalf. He begins by reiterating that it is too wet to send the works to her today. Ruskin goes into to great detail about the course of the negotiations. Ruskin ends by praising Turner's Calais depictions and gives Heaton further advice on preserving, mounting and exhibiting the works in her collection. Ruskin details the price for the three works and asks Heaton to let him know as soon as...
Dates: 1857 January 24

John Ruskin letter to Ellen Heaton, 1857 January 27

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: H.60
Call Number: MSS 46
Scope and Contents: "I despatch [sic] today by fast train, the folio with two sketches & vignettes. If you are at all disappointed at first, with the first, remember what value attaches to them as what Turner did for his own delight in his best time; All the finished drawings were more or less got up -- the subjects forced on him by public or publisher. But these two records of his evening walk on Calais sands were done for his own delight before he went to bed -- for nobody to see but himself." [Date provided...
Dates: 1857 January 27

John Ruskin letter to Ellen Heaton, 1857 January 29

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: H.62
Call Number: MSS 46
Scope and Contents: Ruskin confirms he has received Heaton's notes and says he is glad that she is less disappointed with the sketches than she is with the vignette as "the former are first-rate -- the latter second rate." He admits that the vignette's sky is "very fine" and praises Turner's use of light and representation of storm clouds. He remarks to Heaton that she has "been spoiled by having those toppers of vignettes first" and that he "grudged [her] that ...
Dates: 1857 January 29

John Ruskin letter to Ellen Heaton, 1857 January 31

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: H.63
Call Number: MSS 46
Scope and Contents: "Great purchase is going on: but not settled yet. It may involve various sacrifices on my part and among others, that of my beautiful Rossetti. Supposing I were obliged to let it go -- would you like to have it at 40[...]?[...]I hope you will not find your Turner sketches quite so unacceptable to the multitude as you seem to think. I consider the one with the children quite a drawing. I will most certainly relieve you of them in a little while if you don't like them." In a postscript...
Dates: 1857 January 31

John Ruskin letter to Ellen Heaton, 1857 February 2

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: H.64
Call Number: MSS 46
Scope and Contents: Ruskin approves that Heaton proposes to continue acquiring Turners, for the moment. Ruskin says he has never used Heaton's money for personal gain but concedes that Heaton's brother has grounds to suspect Ruskin might be leading her "astray" in her purchases, not being assured of the value of the Turners and Rossettis. Ruskin says it is unlikely that he will have to sell his Rossetti and that he wouldn't want to prevent Heaton from purchasing other works by convincing her to buy the...
Dates: 1857 February 2

John Ruskin letter to Ellen Heaton, 1857 February 4?

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: H.65
Call Number: MSS 46
Scope and Contents: "What a capital worker you are. Best thanks. But we must find out what that old vagabond of a Turner meant by that bit of brown assassination [Lochmaben Harper vignette]." In a postscript, "I was excited merely by securing and having always near me that drawing [the Rouen referred to in his previous letter to Heaton]." [Date provided by Surtees: Wednesday ? February 4th 1857]
Dates: 1857 February 4?

John Ruskin letter to Ellen Heaton, 1857 early February

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: H.66
Call Number: MSS 46
Scope and Contents: Ruskin tells Heaton he is uncomfortable with her having purchased "those two Calais's", as he finds the subjects of the works very similar. Ruskin proclaims "the one with the posts" "magnificent" and worth at least 100 guineas but admits that the more he reflected on the other, the less he liked it. Ruskin tells Heaton if she sends him £26.10 he can exchange the second for two drawings on blue paper, one of Ehrenbreitstein and one of Genoa. Ruskin says that...
Dates: 1857 early February

John Ruskin letter to Ellen Heaton, 1857 February 16

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: H.67
Call Number: MSS 46
Scope and Contents: Ruskin opens by saying he is going to ask Heaton to help him "in a way which may at first be a little disagreeable to yourself - at least I hope so!" He explains that he has been asked to catologue, "or do what [he] liked in arrangement of the hundred [he was] to frame", all the Turner sketches in the National Gallery. He says he does not want his "enemies" to criticize him for sending Turner sketches to Heaton and so he will not be sending the sketches. He also asks Heaton to send him her...
Dates: 1857 February 16

John Ruskin letter to Ellen Heaton, 1857 late February

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: H.68
Call Number: MSS 46
Scope and Contents: Ruskin tells Heaton he has received the money for the drawings and expresses his regret that he cannot send them straight away, assuring Heaton that they will not be sold to anyone else. Ruskin says that the Turner sketches may be sent back to her if "the whole course of negotiation between Mr Griffith & his French employer" becomes apparent. However, Ruskin is unsure "what is likely to come of them" because he does not know to whom they previously belonged. Ruskin says...
Dates: 1857 late February

John Ruskin letter to Ellen Heaton, 1857 late February

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: H.69
Call Number: MSS 46
Scope and Contents: Ruskin says he enjoys looking at the Calais Heaton sent him as well as the two "blues" [the drawings on blue paper mentioned in Ruskin's previous letter], saying he will keep the latter for a week or two before exchanging them on Heaton's behalf. He asks if a "fine, late, finished [Turner] work" will be acceptable to Heaton in an exchange. Ruskin asks Heaton about her arrangements to have a Rossetti exhibition in Leeds and expresses his dismay that...
Dates: 1857 late February