Thursday, April 18th, 2013, 7 p.m.
Based on actual people and events, this thrilling story brings the
nineteenth century world of art, diplomacy, and intrigue vividly alive!
J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851), the great British landscape painter and one of the most revolutionary influences on Western art since the eighteenth century, left upon his death a rich and varied legacy to Britain’s National Gallery. Among his work were more than 19,000 sketch studies that contained a considerable body of erotica.
When John Ruskin, Turner’s greatest supporter at the time, discovered the erotic works, he — with the help of National Gallery Keeper Ralph Wornum — burned most of the material they found offensive.
But through betrayal and theft, some of the erotica has escaped the flames…
Robert J. Begiebing is professor of English emeritus at Southern New Hampshire University. He is the author of six books, including an historical trilogy set in New England that includes The Strange Death of Mistress Coffin, The Adventures of Allegra Fullerton, and Rebecca Wentworth’s Distraction.
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