There is a frequently quoted saying of Turner’s reported by Ruskin, to the effect that his works must be kept or seen together.
“Turner appears never to have desired, from any one, care in favour of his separate works. The only thing he would say sometimes was, “Keep them together.” He seemed not to mind how much they were injured, if only the record of the thought were left in them, and they were kept in the series which would give the key to their meaning.”MP 5, Part IX, ch. X,
Internet provides a marvelous way/tool of seeing the work whole even outside the Tate, or so called Clore Gallery and other museums, together and as a whole
We will present here on this page the whole of Turner’s oil paintings, using the Butlin and Joel catalogue system. (Check if there is a copyright problem)
(We will eventually do the same for the watercolors and the drawings)
(This allows one to look up quickly and easily a particular work while one is becoming familiar with the work, which is not the case with the Tate website
Internet provides a marvelous way of seeing the work whole even outside the Tate or so dammed Clore Gallery, and other museums, (is the museum without walls multiples a hundred fold) duplique à puissance 1000)
and the best way to present it in chronological order with Butlin and Joel numbering
Seeing the work whole will give the greatet chance to see/intuit/guess the ultimate meaning, especially if seen with the poetry with which Turner often accompanied his paintings in the Royal Academy catalogue.
It is true, and this is avery valuable service, that the Tate website makes available all of its works by Turner from the Turner bequest and others, and some from other collections, (those that are not not the Tate website, Turner world wide, are usually available elsewhere on the internet)
But the Tate website though it makes available Turners work is done so without any order chronological or otherwise, and without the poetry
This seems to us another serious ignoring of Turner’s wishes,
This is another disrespect for Turser’s wishes
We will eventually suggest our own idea of the overall meaning.
It will be up to every one (or every one will be free) to suggest another overall meaning of the Turner Bequest or of Turner’s work if they do not agree with the one put forward here
they do not grre
(The spectator could be asked to make a confession after having seen the collection, what he has done for environment, at the exit to the Collection )
What local green groups he has contacted and joined, asked advice from
The anyhow Guild could premote this)
they could disturbribute a questionnaire at the entry, and calcite wether seeing the Turner(/Clore ) Gallery in tjhos was has had any effect
Can quote somewhere Ruskin on energies of the Nation, (MP II)
1 Fishermen at Sea
6 Dunstunborough Castle Coast of Northunderland sunrise after a squally night
7 Buttermere lake,
How awful is the silence of the waste Where nature lifts her monuments to the sky. Majestic solitude, behold the tower Where hopeless Owen, long imprison’d, pin’d And wrung his hands for liberty, in vain.
These verses considered to be by Turner himself. They are therefor the first verses of his own attached to a painting
A whole of light appears here, which may symbolise the triumphant thrust of a higher illumination.
See Lindsay on liberty idea in Lindsay 66ii, p. 62
(Check if this is the study to the finished picture )
This painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1812 and accompanied in the catalogue of the exhibit by the following verses by Turner, described for the first time as coming from his ‘MS. P(oem?) Fallacies of Hope’.
‘Craft, treachery and fraud – Salassian force, Hung on the fainting rear ! Then Plunder seized The victor and the captive,- Sagentum’s spoil Alike became their prey; still the chief advanced Look’d on the sun with hope; – low, broad, and wan; While the fierce archer of the downward year Stains Italy’s blanched barrier with storms
But the loud breeze sob’d, “Capua’s joys beware ! ”
complete poem to be filled in….
To be completed
The Tate Britain website has left out these verses
According to the Tate, the picture is about
According to Turners’ verse this is not the fundament meaning od the picture in general or philosophical term
See arrival in Rome comment
This ay be why tate iglines Turner’ poetry
Lit Lindsay 66b, p. 61-62
Note added by Turner : “The yacht in which his majesty sailed was
Too much trade , too much economics , today all reduced to economics, economics which is cense control itself and does not
Add Put all liber series and other unfinished ravishing pictures
Quote poet French ? quoted by Lindsay on wild sea as symbol of what man makes of world
Turners verses The First time refers to poem Fallacies go Hope
But ht e breeze baware the joys of Capua
(To which Ruskin might have added Beware the Joys of the industrial Revolution )
with some of our own observations
Does not work ;?
See as a whole even outside bequest
Quote Ruskin on Turner, must be seen together