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. I have commented before on Turners work, however, I find fascinating to here about the differences in how artists traveled to find inspiration for their work. I am in awe of how Turner went through the Alps in a ti.e when it wasn’t easy to travel. I was also inspired by his sketches of Venice before the other masters.

    It was very helpful to learn about the Royal Academy of Art Exposition. I knew that artist had patrons but had no idea about the big show or how they would find new patrons and the lack of galleries.

    This podcast was really full of wonderful art history and I am so happy that you shared the information.

    Penny Winn

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