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Joseph Mallord William Turner

(1775-1851), Landscape painter

Sitter associated with 44 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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Joseph Mallord William Turner

attributed to Thomas Woolner
plaster cast of death-mask, 1851
On display at Tate Britain, London
NPG 1664

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Joseph Mallord William Turner

by William Daniell, published by William Smith, after George Dance
soft-ground etching, published 10 May 1827 (31 March 1800)
NPG D14457

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Joseph Mallord William Turner

after Charles Martin
watercolour with bodycolour over pencil, 1844
NPG D6662

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Joseph Mallord William Turner

after Sir William Blake Richmond
NPG D6664



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