Turner’s Last Sketchbook

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The Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) recently published Turner’s Last Sketchbook, a facsimile edition of an exuberant and colorful sketchbook by J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851) in the museum’s collection. Join Elizabeth Wyckoff, Curator of Prints and Drawings, YCBA, and Jennifer Tonkovich, the Eugene and Clare Thaw Curator of Drawings and Prints, Morgan Library and Museum, New York, for a discussion of Turner’s drawing practice within the broader context of artists’ sketchbooks. Turner, who seldom left home without a sketchbook, filled more than 300 over the course of his lifetime, most of them small enough to fit in his pocket. This beautifully reproduced facsimile, now available through the YCBA’s online Museum Shop, represents Turner’s last-known intact sketchbook. He used it on the coast of the English Channel—in and around Margate, Kent—from June to September 1845. The volume is accompanied by a poem in which artist Tracey Emin (b. 1963), who grew up in Margate, expresses her profound connection with Turner’s work. Program organized and sponsored by the YCBA.