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Arts & Music » Visual arts » Painting

J.M.W. Turner

presents nine paintings and watercolors by the reowned English Romantic landscape artist William Turner (1775-1951). Turner began drawing at an early age, exhibiting drawings in his father's barbershop window when he was 13. He had his own studio at age 18 and devoted his life to his art. Successful throughout his career, he produced over 20,000 works. He came to be known as "the painter of light" and is considered a predecessor of the impressionists. (National Gallery of Art)

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Turner was born on Maiden Lane in Covent Garden, London, in 1775 (the actual day is uncertain), the only son of William Turner and Mary Marshall. His mother, who was mentally unstable, was committed to Bethlem asylum for the insane in 1800, and died in 1804. During his only sister's fatal illness, Turner was sent to live with his mother's brother in Brentford and attended Brentford Free School; this was his only formal education.
Joseph Mallord William Turner, British, 1775 - 1851.  'The Junction of the Thames and the Medway,' 1807, oil on canvas, 108.8 x 143.7 cm (42 7/8 x 56 5/8 in.)  Widener Collection.  1942.9.87

Junction of the Thames and the Medway

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