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Excerpt from Turner: Five Letters and a Postscript
Your sister passed into the cathedral to her devotions carrying white ﬂowers for the altar: we stayed in the sunlight. I cannot remember how Turner became the subject of our talk; but I think it was my mention of his drawing of the west front of Salisbury Cathedral done when he was twenty-three - one of the set ex hibited at the Royal Academy in 1799, which hastened 1118 election to an Associateship of the Royal Academy. Those were the days of the tinted architectural drawmgs, but in that magnificent Salisbury, the details indicated, yet not insistent, the old stones yellow in the sun shine, grey-blue in the shadow, Turner was already on the track of Light, the goal of his art life. He had not yet formulated any principle, that was not Turner's way; but those small, bright eyes of his had already perceived that there is light in shade as in shine, Girtin, that marvellous boy, his friend and fellow student, was still alive; but art was in a poor.
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bound: 82 pages
publisher: Forgotten Books (May 12, 2017)
isbn: 1330516176, 978-1330516171,
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