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Joseph Mallord William Turner RA (23 April 1775 – 19 December 1851), known contemporarily as William Turner, was an English Romantic painter, printmaker and watercolourist. He is known for his expressive colourisations, imaginative landscapes and turbulent, often violent marine paintings.

Turner was born in Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London, to a modest lower-middle-class family. He lived in London all his life, retaining his Cockney accent and assiduously avoiding the trappings of success and fame. A child prodigy, Turner studied at the Royal Academy of Arts from 1789, enrolling when he was 14, and exhibited his first work there at 15. During this period, he also served as an architectural draftsman. He earned a steady income from commissions and sales, which due to his troubled, contrary nature, were often begrudgingly accepted. He opened his own gallery in 1804 and became professor of perspective at the academy in 1807, where he lectured until 1828, although he was viewed as profoundly inarticulate. He traveled to Europe from 1802, typically returning with voluminous sketchbooks.

Intensely private, eccentric and reclusive, Turner was a controversial figure throughout his career. He did not marry, but fathered two daughters, Eveline (1801–1874) and Georgiana (1811–1843), by his housekeeper Sarah Danby. He became more pessimistic and morose as he got older, especially after the death of his father, after which his outlook deteriorated, his gallery fell into disrepair and neglect, and his art intensified. In 1841 Turner rowed a boat into the Thames so he could not be counted as present at any property. He lived in squalor and poor health from 1845, and died in London in 1851 aged 76. Turner is buried in Saint Paul's Cathedral, London.

He left behind more than 550 oil paintings, 2,000 watercolours, and 30,000 works on paper. He had been championed by the leading English art critic John Ruskin from 1840, and is today regarded as having elevated landscape painting to an eminence rivalling history painting.

An Extract from the article ¨Sex, feuds, money: What Britain's greatest ever painter Joseph Turner REALLY prized¨ published by,

The man himself, however, was a supreme oddity. He was arrogant and abrasive, and had a turbulence of mind that was reflected in the turbulent skies and seas that marked his masterpieces and set him apart from his contemporaries. He committed his mother to the Bedlam mental asylum and never once visited her, but his own uncontrolled temper had touches of her 'ungovernable' madness.

John Constable The landscape artist John Constable dismissed Turner as 'uncouth'

Though his difficult genius attracted loyal friends and supporters, it also made him enemies. He was a hard man to love. He was money-grasping and mean. He was sly and secretive, sexually active but resolutely single. With a large, fleshy nose and a pointy chin, he was no oil painting to look at, but he had a penchant for the company of pretty young girls and the beds of widows.

The landscape artist John Constable - his exact contemporary and bitter rival - dismissed Turner as 'uncouth', a word that in the parlance of Georgian England meant strange and unusual. But its modern meaning was also often applied to the upstart. In an era of sharp social distinctions, his lowly, back-street origins and lack of formal education tended to attract scorn from the aloof. He had 'the manners of a groom, with no respect,' said one snobbish colleague.


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