The book reveals the full extent of the artist’s engagement with the sea, foregrounding important but rarely seen paintings and throwing new light on some of his iconic works, including The Wreck of a Transport Ship, The Battle of Trafalgar, and The Fighting 'Temeraire'. In an age of global naval warfare, rapid technological change, and increased travel, his ceaselessly creative response to contemporary maritime affairs helped to redefine Britain’s cultural relationship with the sea. The authors examine the many ways in which Turner responded to the maritime art of the past while challenging his audience with new ways of representing the sea; whether at the Royal Academy, in his own purpose-built gallery, or as a leading figure within a highly evolved print culture. The book reveals how Turner first established his credentials as a painter of the sea against a rich tradition of marine painting, exemplified during the previous two centuries by Willem van de Velde the Younger and Claude-Joseph Vernet. It examines the artist’s competitive response to the work of his contemporaries, including John Constable, Augustus Wall Callcott, Richard Parkes Bonington, and Clarkson Stanfield, and explores the complex legacy of his seascapes through the maritime subjects of later British, European, and American artists. Published to coincide with a major touring exhibition organized by Royal Museums Greenwich, Turner and the Sea is the first study to explore the full breadth of Turner’s lifelong preoccupation with the sea.