RedDot Podcast | An Interview with Franny Moyle, Author of Turner: The Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of J.M.W. Turner

An interview with Franny Moyle, Author of Turner, the Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of JMW Turner. I picked up Franny’s biography on Turner earlier this year and thoroughly enjoyed learning more about this important artist’s life. Turner is one of the United Kingdom’s greatest artists, and is, perhaps its best known, but I didn’t know much about his life. I found Franny’s biography fascinating and enlightening. Franny Moyle joins me for the interview from her home in England.



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Selected Images | Works by J.M.W. Turner

Drawing of St John’s Church, Margate by Turner from around 1786, when he would have been 11 or 12 years old. The ambitious but unsure drawing shows an early struggle with perspective, which can be contrasted with his later work By J. M. W. Turner, Public Domain, Link


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A View of the Archbishop’s Palace, Lambeth – this watercolour was Turner’s first to be accepted for the Royal Academy’s annual exhibition in April 1790, the month he turned 15. The image is a technical presentation of Turner’s strong grasp of the elements of perspective with several buildings at sharp angles to each other, demonstrating Turner’s thorough mastery of Thomas Malton’s topographical style.
By J. M. W. TurnerIndianapolis Museum of Art, Public Domain, Link


Fishermen at Sea exhibited in 1796 was the first oil painting exhibited by Turner at the Royal Academy.
By J. M. W. TurnerUwG73jK8wqshlw at Google Cultural Institute, zoom level maximum Tate Images (, Public Domain, Link


Bonneville, Savoy (1803) Dallas Museum of Art, oil on canvas 92 x 123 cm
By J. M. W. Turner[1] 12 February 2014, Public Domain, Link
One of Turner’s most successful “house portraits”: Raby Castle, the Seat of the Earl of Darlington[27] The Walters Art Museum.
By J. M. W. TurnerWalters Art Museum: Home page  Info about artwork, Public Domain, Link
Snow Storm: Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth, 1842
By J. M. W. TurnerWeb Gallery of Art:   Image  Info about artwork, Public Domain, Link


The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken up, 1839
By J. M. W. TurnerNational Gallery of Art, Public Domain, Link


The Wreck of a Transport Ship (c. 1810), oil on canvas
By J. M. W. TurnerCalouste Gulbenkian Museum, Public Domain, Link


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About the Author: Jason Horejs

Jason Horejs is the Owner of Xanadu Gallery, author of best selling books "Starving" to Successful & How to Sell Art , publisher of, and founder of the Art Business Academy. Jason has helped thousands of artists prepare themselves to more effectively market their work, build relationships with galleries and collectors, and turn their artistic passion into a viable business.


  1. Joseph and the Slave Ship

    Joseph, splattered in oiled ground, like a sailor sprayed with the sea,
    Pushed, steered, smeared;
    Navigated pied butter,
    Until concurring where it would live.
    Wielding impasto into fervor.

    Every hue somehow muddied,
    Slathered and scumbled,
    Scraped and scratched,
    Misted and muddled,
    To benthic fury.

    Consumed, the cusp of time birthing the world, violent, brilliant, unrelenting.
    The coagulating clouds thicken like Dragon’s Blood.
    All of blazed creation, a haunting.
    A scaffolding of enterprise cutting through turbulent salty foam; slapping, cutting waves
    To a rising–rising citron aria, mocking the last fatal moments of the lawless nightmare below.

  2. Congratulations on one of the most engaging conversations that covers Turner’s family, his early introduction into the artworld and what the late 18th century artworld was really like. Brilliant beginning to end and the PERFECT tonic for these strange times. Be well.

  3. Thank you! A wonderful contribution to every serious artist or collector who is respectful of the artist’s development and journey. A brilliant interview with an intelligent art historian that made her research an exciting listen…so much clarity in her presentation and your questions were most helpful in opening the door to more insightful commentary on one of my favorite artist. I shall order the book. Loved her explanation of Turners times and how artists had to fully understand the power of networking as there were none out there like you to support the arts. So very grateful that I took the time to listen carefully to this exceptional podcast.

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