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Joseph Mallord William Turner

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Joseph Mallord William Turner, after Sir John Gilbert, circa 1837 - NPG 5566 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Joseph Mallord William Turner

after Sir John Gilbert
pencil, circa 1837
13 in. x 10 in. (330 mm x 254 mm)
Given by Mrs Clifford Musgrove, 1983
Primary Collection
NPG 5566


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  • Sir John Gilbert (1817-1897), Painter and illustrator. Artist associated with 9 portraits, Sitter associated with 16 portraits.

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A precocious and prolific artist, Turner was also an intrepid traveller throughout Britain and Europe, recording his journeys in numerous sketches and watercolours. His early oil paintings reflect the influence of Claude and Poussin. Later his landscapes became remarkable for their dazzling effects of light and colour and were described by Constable as 'airy visions painted with tinted steam'. In the last five years of his life, Turner's health and eyesight failed him but he continued to paint, his art misunderstood by the art establishment but championed by John Ruskin in his Modern Painters, the first volume of which appeared in 1843.

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