The Paintings of J. M. W. Turner


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Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll

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This revised edition of the award-winning catalogue raisonne of Turner's paintings is now available in a paperbound edition. It incorporates new entries for four Turner paintings that have come to light since the publication of the first edition, as well as fresh information on every major painting and on recent exhibitions and literature.

Published for the Paul Mellon Center for Studies in British Art

"There is now again the possibility for all students of Turner to obtain this invaluable working tool, without which Turner studies could not have progressed so remarkably in the years since 1977, and the re-appearance of which will aid the continuation of that progress in the years to come." —Luke Herrmann, Burlington  Magazine




"Fresh data and the findings of recent research have not simply been tagged on and kept to a minimal summary but incorporated, and fully discussed, in the appropriate place in each catalogue entry. . . . A higher proportion of colour illustrations is included in the plates volume and these are no longer grouped in blocks of sixteen, thus allowing a more precise chronological arrangement....  The second edition of Butlin and Joll will be welcomed as a painstaking continuation of an already magnificent example of sustained scholarship." —John Hayes, Times Literary Supplement

"One of the finest catalogues raisonnes ever produced now has been revised, expanded and issued in the paperback edition that gives unusual value."—Alan G. Artner, Chicago Tribune

"Butlin and Joll demonstrate that the content of a Turner is as rich in meaning and allusion as its appearance is sumptuous in colour."—David Howarth, Country Life

"A brilliant feat of modern scholarship."—Arts Review

"The most accessible and complete catalogue raisonee of the great artist's oeuvre. The accompanying volume of text is breathtaking in its scope and content giving, besides a discussion of each painting, a full provenance, details of exhibition and a list of written references."—David Horan, Oxford Times

"One of the finest catalogues raisonnes ever produced now has been revised, expanded and issued in a paperback edition that gives unusual value."—Alan G. Artner, Chicago Tribune

"By making available the entire range of Turner's paintings along with a huge amount of pertinent documentary and ancillary material, and by organising and discussing it intelligently and sympathetically, the authors provided the stimulus for a new burst of Turner scholarship conducted on a level of sophistication previously impossible. . . . The new edition is an altogether better book than its predecessor. . . . [An] indispensable work."—Allen Staley, Burlington Magazine

"The catalogue is more comprehensive than anything Turner might have envisaged. It takes us through the years if seapieces, topographic forays, ventures into Rembrandt, Claude and Titian manners—the gradual dawning of his transcendent style."—ARTnews

"The production of the book has a noble amplitude. Every painting is reproduced in color. This is the kind of book to which we can go back again and again for a lifetime with the knowledge that we shall always find something to instruct and something to entertain us."—John Russell, The New York Times Book Review

"The year's most important art book . . . . [A] book . . . to nourish the mind."—Newsweek

"The text is superb. We learn the entire provenance of each picture: the circumstances attending its making, its subsequent vicissitudes, and what contemporary critics thought of it . . . [A] splendid volume."—Gordon Fitch, Sunday Telegraph (London)

"This is the first catalogue raisonné of Turner's oil paintings since 1902, and it is unlikely to be superseded. . . . [E]ssential purchases for art research libraries."—Library Journal

"[T]his monumental study adds about 200 works to those which Armstrong identified, making it a highly important contribution to the study of British art. The two volumes provide a unique visual record of Turner's entire oeuvre in oil, along with a complete discussion of every picture."—The American

"An impressive catalogue raisonné of all of Turner's oil paintings . . . accompanied by a separate volume of beautifully reproduced illustrations . . . of virtually all the locatable works in that medium. . . . An excellent and thorough catalog, it completely supersedes Armstrong's of 1902 and, despite the price, should be in any library concerned with art in a significant way."—Choice

"No student of Romanticism or of the greatest of English painters will want to be without it."—New Yorker

"This splendid catalogue is the outstanding contribution to Turner literature since the publication of Finberg's Life in 1939. It immediately takes its place as one of the most distinguished of the tiny handful of true catalogues raisonnés devoted to the work of British artists, and in that company it is pre-eminent for the quantity, quality and size of the illustrations."—Burlington Magazine (London)

"An exhaustive, extremely agreeable and entertaining complete catalogue of Turner's oil paintings, the first for seventy-five years, and the first that can call upon the entire apparatus for modern scholarship and the explosion of Turner studies, has just been published. And anybody . . . interested in Turner . . . will find for his money hours and hours of instructive pleasure. . . . Here indeed is the Turner museum, the museum without walls."—Marina Vaizey, Sunday Times (London) 

Winner of the 1998 Mitchell Prize for the History of Art
ISBN: 9780300032765
Publication Date: September 10, 1984
Publishing Partner: Published for the Paul Mellon Center for Studies in British Art
993 pages, 8 1/4 x 11 3/4
243 b/w + 320 color illus.