Turner and the Sea exhibition (only a week to go before it closes!) I wanted to know about this remarkable artist and so browsed the shop for a bio to read.
The one I picked up was the Peter Ackroyd "Turner" on the grounds that he can be a rather entertaining writer and, more importantly, it wasn't too long. I don't feel I have to know everything about Turner: just an overview, and fun one at that.
I've passed the half way point and its already been worthwhile. For example I've learnt that Turner was an "excellent sailor".
Once they went out to sea and the swell became rather "boisterous", causing some passengers to feel rather unwell.
However according to one observer Turner "sat in the stern sheets intently watching the sea, and not at all affected by the motion... when we were on a crest of a wave, he now and then articulated to myself - for we were sitting side by side - 'that's fine! - fine!"
So when you see a picture such as the early "Fishermen at sea" (above, from 1796) you can believe that he had been out there and seen it for himself, maybe with those actual fishermen.