J.M.W. Turner(1775-1851), Landscape painter
Joseph Mallord William Turner
Sitter associated with 43 portraits
Artist associated with 4 portraits
Turner is unarguably one of Britain's most famous and innovative artists. After his first visit to the Alps in 1802, he began to combine narrative with the effects of sublime and violent nature, as seen in his Snow Storm: Hannibal and His Army Crossing the Alps (1812). Later landscapes such as The Fighting Temeraire (1838) were remarkable for their dazzling effects of light and colour. While his impressionistic style bewildered some, Constable thought them 'airy visions painted with tinted steam'.
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published by Illustrated London News, after John George Landseer, after John George Landseer, after Charles Martin, after Unknown artist
wood engraving, published 10 May 1845
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