Turner’s Gift


Turner’s Gift is a fictional story in two parts, recounting a dramatic series of events in the late life of the celebrated English artist, J M W Turner. It is based significantly but not entirely on real aspects of his existence.

In Part 1, Turner – recovering from serious illness – receives two visitors at his London studios. One is a potential assistant, Francis Sherrell, who Turner then takes on and who proves to have an immediate, positive influence on the artist’s motivation.

The other visit is from George Smarden Dike: a strangely-behaving man who targets the wealthy Turner with an idea for a new printing process. The artist easily sees through his reproductive pretensions, and Dike is ejected: but his pursuit of the artist has only just begun…


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