Turner in his Time by Andrew Wilton

Excellent overview of Turner's life work and how he was perceived in his day and what he wrote himself about his art.  Many excellent illustrations that present a working artist making a living as an artist (looking for subjects that will sell and ways to sell his images to the large public).  Turner was not a clear writer with turgid prose style so reading his own words is not easy but does him us a flavor of the artist himself.