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Encyclopedia > Joseph Mallord William Turner
J. M. W. Turner, English landscape painter
The fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken up, painted 1839.
Rain, Steam and Speed - The Great Western Railway painted (1844).

Joseph Mallord William Turner, born in Covent Garden, London on April 23 (exact date disputed) 1775, died December 19, 1851. English Romantic landscape artist.

His father William was a wig maker who later became a barber. His mother, Mary Marshall, a housewife, became increasingly mentally unstable during his early years, perhaps in part due to the early death of Turner's younger sister in 1786. She died in 1804, having been committed to a mental asylum.

Possibly due to the load placed on the family by these problems, the young Turner was sent in 1785 to stay with his uncle on his mother's side in Brentford, which was then a small town west of London on the banks of the Thames. It was here that he first expressed an interest in painting. A year later he went to school in Margate in Kent to the east of London in the area of the Thames estuary. At this time he had been creating many paintings, which his father exhibited in his shop window.

He went to the Royal Academy of Art when he was only fifteen years old. Sir Joshua Reynolds, the president of the academy at that time, chaired the panel that admitted him. A watercolor of his was accepted for the Summer Exhibition of 1790 after only one year's study. He exhibited his first oil painting in 1796. Throughout the rest of his life, he regularly exhibited at the academy.

He is commonly known as "the painter of light". Although renowned for his oils, Turner is also regarded as one of the founders of English watercolor landscape painting.

One of his most famous oil paintings is The fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken up, painted in 1839, which hangs in the National Gallery, London. See also The Golden Bough.

Turner travelled widely in Europe, starting with France and Switzerland in 1802 and studying in the Louvre in Paris in the same year. He also made many visits to Venice during his lifetime.

He never married, although he had a mistress, Sarah Danby, by whom he had two daughters.

As he grew older, Turner became more eccentric. He had few close friends, except for his father, who lived with him for thirty years, eventually working as his studio assistant. His father died in 1829, which had a profound effect on him, and thereafter he was subject to bouts of depression.

He died in his house in Cheyne Walk, Chelsea on December 19 1851. At his request he was buried in St Paul's Cathedral, where he lies next to Sir Joshua Reynolds. His last exhibition at the Royal Academy was in 1850.

Turner left a large fortune that he hoped would be used to support what he called "decaying artists." His collection of paintings was bequeathed to the British nation, and he intended that a special gallery would be built to house them. This did not come to pass owing to a dispute by his descendants over the legality of his will. Twenty years after his death, the paintings were given over to the British Museum.

A major exhibition, "Turner's Britain" [1] (http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/GenerateContent?CONTENT_ITEM_ID=28459&CONTENT_ITEM_TYPE=0&MENU_ID=11123), with material, (including The Fighting Temeraire) on loan from around the globe, was held at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery from 7 November 2003 to 8 February 2004.

Selected works

  • 1799 - Warkworth Castle, Northumberland - Thunder Storm Approaching at Sun-Set, oil on canvas - Victoria and Albert Museum, London
  • 1806 - The Battle of Trafalgar, as Seen from the Mizen Starboard Shrouds of the Victory, oil on canvas - Tate Gallery, London
  • 1812 - Snow Storm: Hannibal and His Army Crossing the Alps, oil on canvas, Tate Gallery, London
  • 1822 - The Battle of Trafalgar, oil on canvas, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
  • 1835 - The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, oil on canvas, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
  • 1835 - The Grand Canal, Venice, oil on canvas, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  • 1838 - The Fighting Temeraire Tugged to Her Last Berth to Be Broken up, oil on canvas, National Gallery, London
  • 1844 - Rain, Steam and Speed - The Great Western Railway, oil on canvas, National Gallery, London

See also

External links

  • Turner's Gallery (http://www.tate.org.uk/britain/turner/gallery3d.htm) at the Tate Britain
  • Turner's Journeys of the Imagination (http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker/exhibitions/turner/index.asp)

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Joseph Mallord William Turner - Encyclopedia.com (880 words)
Turner was the foremost English romantic painter and the most original of English landscape artists; in watercolor he is unsurpassed.
Turner showed a remarkable ability to distill the best from the tradition of landscape painting and he helped to further elevate landscape (and seascape) as important artistic subject matter.
Turner encountered violent criticism as his style became increasingly free, but he was passionately defended by Sir Thomas Lawrence and the youthful Ruskin.
J. M. W. Turner - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1146 words)
Joseph Mallord William Turner (born in Covent Garden, London on April 23, 1775 (exact date disputed), died December 19, 1851) was an English Romantic landscape artist, whose style can be said to lay the foundations for Impressionism.
Turner's talent was recognized early in his life, becoming a full art academician at the age of 23.
Turner, along with John Constable, was at the forefront of English painting by his later years, and both were popular in France as well.
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