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Book competition

3 February 2017

This week’s competition prize is Turner’s Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages through Time by Susan Grace Galassi, published by The Frick Collection/Yale University Press (£45). Click here for your chance to win.

In the catalogue that accompanies the Frick’s special exhibition (its first devoted to Turner), which opens later this month, a wide selection of works by Turner from the 1820s and 1830s, depicting both modern and ancient harbours, are examined in various contexts. Drawing from contemporary travel accounts, literary and visual sources, and critical reviews, as well as new technical analyses of Turner’s work, the five essays presesnt a fresh perspective on the middle years of the artist’s career. Among the topics addressed are the radical changes in the social and economic structures of Britain in the first half of the 19th century; the rediscovery of the Continent by the British after Waterloo following two decades of war with France; the rise of mass tourism; Turner’s involvement in producing watercolours for various print series; and the interconnection between his manner of painting in various media.

For your chance to win simply answer the following question and submit your details here before midday on 17th February.

Q: In which seaside town did Turner go to school in 1786?

This competition closes at midday on 17 February.

For our last competition prize we offered Wilhelmina Geddes: Life and Work by Nicola Gordon Bowe, published by Four Courts Press (£45). The question was:

For which Belgian cathedral did Wilhelmina Geddes design a rose window?

Answer: Ypres Cathedral.

Congratulations to the winner: Laura Reid.