Jacket for 'Will and Tom'


UK - HarperCollins

Will and Tom

By Matthew Plampin

Published Mar 2015

1797, West Yorkshire.

Young artist Will Turner arrives at Harewood House believe he will do no more than sketch the house and grounds, rece3ive his commission, and return to London. But Will is not the only artist here, his childhood playmate – and current rival – Tom Girtin is also amongst the esteemed guests…

Alive with intrigue, artistic rivalry and society scandal, and set in the hot house of a grand estate, Will & Tom captures one week in the life of the painter JMW Turner, the young man who would go on to become an undisputed master.

This intricate and powerful story will enthral fans of The Miniaturist with its evocation of a time when society was awakening to its crimes of slavery and servitude.

Matthew Plampin is the acclaimed author of The Street Philosopher, The Devil’s Acre and Illumination. He completed a PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art, and has written and lectured on nineteenth-century art and architecture.