Dispelling the myths of Turner

Date and time

Friday 20 January, 6.30–7.30pm

Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Franny Moyle


£7/£6 conc./£5 Members

Joseph Mallord William Turner was a near mythical figure in his lifetime, and remains one of Britain’s most admired, misunderstood, and celebrated artists.

Yet beyond the public façade of his artistic achievements and spectacular, if controversial career, Turner faced great tragedies, and also led a scandalous, secret private life.

Join author Franny Moyle as she casts new light on the man himself.

Franny Moyle

Franny Moyle studied Art History at St John's College, Cambridge. She enjoyed a career in arts programming at the BBC which culminated in her becoming the Corporation's first Commissioner for Arts and Culture. She is now a freelance executive producer and writer and lives in east London. She is the author of 'Constance: The Tragic and Scandalous Life of Mrs Oscar Wilde' and 'Desperate Romantics: The Private Lives of the Pre-Raphaelites'. Her latest book is 'The Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of J. M. W. Turner'.

Image above: Detail from Joseph Mallord William Turner, The Fighting Temeraire, 1839