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Turner Publications of Selby Whittingham

Prices at 1 May 2023


Brickbats and Bouquets for Turner:  Unknown or Unregarded Critiques

Edited by Selby Whittingham. 

23 April 2015.  92 pages.  ISBN 1 874564 23 X     £15.00


A Vision of the First Proper National “Turner’s Gallery”

By Selby Whittingham.  16 pages.  2007.  £2.


An Historical Account of the Will of J.M.W.Turner, R.A.

By Selby Whittingham.

2nd edition, 1993-6, in 5 fascicules, 415 pages.  ISBN 1 874564 01 9.   £50.00

  1.  Text  £15;   2-5. Documents:   2. The Will, £10;    3. In the Courts, £10;    4. In Parliament, £10;    5. The Lords Committee, £10.


The Fallacy of Mediocrity:  The Need for a Proper Turner Gallery

December 1992.  In 3-4 fascicules.  ISBN 1 874564 00 0.

       1. Text, 208 pages, £25.00;      2-4. Appendices, Series 1-3:    2.  Appendices 1, 82 pages, £10.00;     3.  Appendices 2, 

        146 pages, £17.00;   4. Appendices 3, 240 pages, £30;  5. Appendices 4, 94 pages, £13;  6. Appendices 5, 136 pages, £18


Ruskin as Turner’s Executor

By Selby Whittingham.  Essay and documents.  8 February 1995.  70 pages.  ISBN 1 874564 22 1.  £10.00.


Turner Exhibited 1856-61

By Selby Whittingham.

Critiques of the Turner Bequest pictures, 1856-61.  8 February 1995.  78 pages.  ISBN 1 874564 07 8.  £10.00.


The World Directory of Artists’ Museums

By Selby Whittingham.

Lists some 500 museums, houses, monuments, libraries, including those which no longer exist.

10 January 1995.  148 pages.  ISBN 1 874564 02 7.   £20.00    (Annotated updated edition ).


Of Geese, Mallards and Drakes:  Some Notes on Turner’s Family.

By Selby Whittingham, with contributions from others.

In 4 parts, 1993-9.  New editions of  1 and 2 in preparation.  Parts 1-3 £20.00 each.   Part 4 £40.

1.  The Danbys.   May 1993;  revised  148 pages.  Revised                                                 ISBN 1 874564 27 2.

2.  The Turners of Devon, 23 April 1995; revised 2014  158 pages.   Revised 2014.   ISBN 1 874564 32 9.

3.  Mrs Booth of Margate, 14 September 1996; revised  167 pages.   \Revised.            ISBN 1 874564 42 6.

4.  The Marshalls & Harpurs, October 1999, 294 pages, in 2 fascicules.                       ISBN 1 874564 37 X.


Turner London Walks

By Selby Whittingham.

Series 1, first published by Tibor Gönye, April 1997. A5.  £3.50 each.   Most out of print.

   1.  Kensington, 17 pages, ISBN 1 874564 47.7.    2.  Chelsea, 9 pages, ISBN 1 874564 52 3.   3.  Covent Garden &   Bloomsbury, 17 pages, ISBN 1 874564 57 4; 2nd ed. 2007.  4.  Mayfair and St James’s, 21 pages, ISBN 1 874564 62.0.

Series 2, published 1999, illustrated, A5,   £3.50 each or £12.00 for 4.

  5.  Marylebone, ISBN 1 874564 67 1.   6.  The City (South-East), ISBN 1 874564 72 8.  7.  Clerkenwell and Smithfield,  ISBN 1 874564 77 9.  8.  Islington.  ISBN 1 874564 82 5.

Forthcoming:  4b. St James's,  40 pages, £5  ISBN 1 874564 28 0;   9.  East Chelsea


Turner’s English Districts


  1. Tonbridge & District, ISBN 1 874564 87 6, 1st ed. 2003;  2nd ed. 2007.  182 pages, 89 illus., 20 maps. £20.

  2.  Brentford to Oxford, ISBN 1 874564 18 3, 2010, 136 pages, 100 illus.,12 maps, £20. 

 Forthcoming: 3.  Southwark & Bermondsey;   4. Essex, Hertfordshire & Suffolk.


Ruskin’s Guide to the Turners in the Clore Gallery

Edited by Robert Walmsley and Selby Whittingham.  ISBN 1 874564 12 4.


Some works are out of print.



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J.M.W.Turner, R.A.,  Turner House,  153 Cromwell Road,  London SW5 OTQ,   Great Britain.


Of Geese, Mallards and Drakes:  Some Notes on J.M.W.Turner’s Family


“I am enormously impressed by the dedication and care you are giving to unravelling so many strands in Turner’s life.  Scholars in the future will be profoundly indebted to you.”  (Revd. Anthony Symondson SJ,  architectural  historian and descendant of Sarah Danby). 



Part 1   The Danbys.

The families of John and  Sarah Danby and of Joseph and Evelina Dupuis.

First published on 10 May 1993.  Reprinted with corrections and additions 1993,1994,1995, 2010     £20

ISBN 1 874564 27 2        


Part 2   The Turners of Devon

Turner’s father’s family.

First published 23 April 1995.  Reprinted with corrections 1995, 1996, …     £20

ISBN 1 874564 32 9        


Part 3   Mrs Booth of Margate

The family of Mrs Booth and other families at Margate and Chelsea.  Margate, Deal, Chelsea and Haddenham.

First published 14 September 1996.  Reprinted with corrections and additions 2013.

ISBN 1 874564 42 6           £20


Part 4   The Marshalls & Harpurs

Turner’s mother’s family and related families.

First published December 1999.   Reprinted with additions May 2001.

In  2 parts.  1.  Narrative and Documents  £20.  2.  Biographical entries  £20. 

ISBN 1 874564 37 X


NB  Updates are continually made as new research turns up more facts and as corrections become necessary.  A supplementary

part to The Turners of Devon supplying full biographical entries is in preparation.  Amplifications of the other parts have appeared in sundry articles by Selby Whittingham and, as regards Part 4, in the publications listed below.  

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J.M.W.Turner’s Tonbridge & District

More on Turner’s mother’s family and connected families.  Turner in West Kent and beyond.

First published 2003.  2nd ed. 2007.    £20

ISBN 1 874564 87 6


Brentford to Oxford:  J.M.W.Turner’s early career under the guardianship of his uncle J.M.W.Marshall

More on Turner’s mother’s family and connected families.  Turner at Oxford, Brentford, Hereford.

First published 2010     £20

ISBN 1 874564 18 3


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Some Opinions on J.M.W.Turner, R.A., Publications


J.M.W.Turner, R.A.  1988-


“You won’t find a chunkier or more combative Christmas read than ‘J.M.W.Turner,R.A.’” (Maev Kennedy, Diary, The Guardian).


“I think it is very desirable that your opinions and arguments should be made available to our readers.” (The Librarian of the Tate Gallery, London).


“It is very well put together and crammed with new information ... It’s refreshing to find an academic journal that speaks out.”  (John Lewis Bradley,  Emeritus Professor of English, Universities of Durham and Maryland)


An Historical Account of the Will of J.M.W.Turner, R.A.  1989 and 1993-6


“It is an extremely complicated story but you have managed with careful detail to make it lucid even to the non-specialist.  And on your main conclusions I find myself very much in agreement.”  (Professor Norman Gash, FBA, FRSL, Emeritus Professor of History, University of St Andrews). 


“Your masterly work about Turner’s will.”  (Leolin Price, CBE, QC).


“A masterly work indeed.”  (Alec Samuels, JP, Barrister, former Reader in Law, University of Southampton).


“A brilliant piece of work.”  (Kenneth Hudson, OBE, FSA, Director of the European Museum Forum).


The Fallacy of Mediocrity:  The Need for a Proper Turner Gallery  1992


“Your marshalling of evidence is totally convincing - the disaster of the Clore Gallery, the endless ‘economies with the truth’ from scholars & directors who should know better & the total total inactivity of the Trustees to look into it - always leaving the room saying ‘Oh we leave it to the Director.’  What are they for?”  (Sir Hugh Casson, CH, KCVO, Past President of the Royal Academy of Arts and Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery).


“So scholarly and encyclopedic an investigation ... should be permanently on sale in the Tate Gallery ...   Your polemic [is] wholly justified  ... It was ... necessary that it should be written.”  (Brian Sewell, art critic of the Evening Standard).


“Like my father [Lord Clark of Saltwood, OM], I am entirely persuaded by your case.”  (Rt.Hon. Alan Clark, MP).


Of Geese, Mallards and Drakes:  Some Notes on Turner’s Family  1993-


“I am enormously impressed by the dedication and care you are giving to unravelling so many strands of Turner’s life.  Scholars in the future will be profoundly indebted to you.”  (Revd. Anthony Symondson, SJ, architectural historian and descendant of Sarah Danby).


A Vision of the First Proper National “Turner’s Gallery   2007


“I think this is brilliant – a most enjoyable and inspiring read … I am increasingly convinced that your dedication will finally be rewarded … for two reasons:  there is an appetite for more high quality tourist attractions and Tate Britain will want more space”  (Julian Spalding, former Director of Glasgow Museums & Art Gallery and Master of the Guild of St George).


“Concerning your Outline.  It is brilliant and I hope it will have its desired effect.”  (Avigdor Arikha, artist). 


“The fundamental concept:  show Turner as a whole, not chop him up by media … Thank you for setting the ball rolling …”   (Douglass Montrose-Graem, Founder and Director of The Turner Museum, Sarasota, USA). 


“Full of good things and a complete guide for a really New Gallery for JMW”  (Stanley Warburton, former Chairman and Vice-President of the Turner Society; Vice-President of The Independent Turner Society).


“I am not keen on shrines to individual artists, but your point that a Turner Gallery would be able to bring together his work in several media is a major consideration.  And I am not keen on the Clore Gallery as a dedicated gallery or as a piece of architecture.”  (Norbert Lynton, Emeritus Professor of the History of Art, University of Sussex;  former Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery;  Chairman of the Charleston Trust).


“Admirably worked out.”  (Graham Reynolds CVO OBE, former Keeper of Paintings, Victoria & Albert Museum).


“I myself am quite hopeful that this is a pretty good time for a clarion call to action as opposed to the penny-pinching days of 1975!  … It is generally agreed that the Clore Gallery is quite inadequate for a colossal genius like Turner, but it was built in a parsimonious age to stifle the agitation caused by the Royal Academy exhibition and spearheaded by the Turner Society.” (J.Allan Pearce, solicitor, artist, first Chairman of the Turner Society and Treasurer of Venice in Peril).

Ruskin's guide to the Turners in the Clore Gallery, ed. Robert Walmsley and Selby Whittingham, 1989, 2nd ed. 1995.  (out of print).

“What a good idea!”  (Andrew Wilton, curator).

“Excellent and most interesting”  (Professor Michael Kitson, Courtauld Institute of Art).



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Lastly  -  Turner’s Will


“The riddle of the man [Turner] should be read by the key of this munificent testament  ...  The treatment of the works of which he has made the nation his heirs is nothing less than a matter of national import.”  (Tom Taylor, art critic of The Times and sometime Editor of Punch, writing in 1856).


For subsequent opinions on the treatment of Turner's bequests, see The Fallacy of Mediocrity;  etc.



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SELBY WHITTINGHAM born in 1941 in Malaya; escaped to Liverpool; Wagners School, London;  Copthorne School, Sussex;  Shrewsbury School;  Oxford University (MA, Classical Moderations and Greats);  Manchester University (PhD, art history).  National Portrait Gallery, London (temporary assistant);  Courtauld Institute of Art (temporary assistant);  Manchester City Art Gallery (assistant keeper), when organiser with Evelyn Joll of an exhibition of its watercolours, principally those by Turner, at Thos Agnew & Son, Old Bond St, 1977;  organiser of Turner Symposium (University of York, 1980) and International Colloquium on Artists’ Museums (University of Paris, 1990);  founded the Turner Society (1975), the Watteau Society (1984), the Independent Turner Society and  J.M.W.Turner, R.A., Publications (1988) and Donor Watch (1995);  UK ambassador for, and trustee of, the Turner Museum, USA (2009); Frank Mason Prizewinner, ArtWatch International, Inc. (2011); Companion of the Clarence Bicknell Association (2020); author of numerous articles and publications on Turner amongst other subjects.


ROBERT WALMSLEY born in 1937 in USA; graduate of the Ecole du Louvre; lectured at the Institut d’Anglais Charles V, Université de Paris VII; lecturer and writer on John Ruskin and Turner;  Companion of the Guild of St George.


J.M.W.Turner, R.A., Publications,  Turner House,  153 Cromwell Road,  London SW5 OTQ,   Great Britain.

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