"JMW Turner was a prolific master born to a barber in Covent Garden, London, in 1775. When he died in 1851, he left over 19,000 artworks. Selecting which to include in this book was a major feat in itself. Turner was a Romantic when it came to landscapes, with an inimitable flair for seascapes, and was a pioneer of new techniques for creating tone and hue, deeply impressed by Goethe?s theory of colours. It took the great art critic John Ruskin to interpret his works in full.