Regency Portraits Catalogue
Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851), Landscape painter
'... short, stout and bandy-legged, with a red pimply face, imperious and covetous eyes ...' (Peter Cunningham).
'Turner had fine intelligent eyes, dark blue or mazarine' (Trimmer).
'... he might be taken for the captain of a river steamboat at a first glance; but a second would find far more in his face than belongs to an ordinary mind' (C. R. Leslie).
Referencesback to topButlin & Joll 1977
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, Paintings of J. M. W. Turner, 1977.
Cook & Wedderburn (eds.) 1903-12
The Works of John Ruskin, 39 vols., ed. Cook & Wedderburn, 1903-12.
Lionel Cust, 'The Portraits of Turner' in The Magazine of Art, 1895.
Alexander Finberg, Life of Turner, 1961.
John Gage, Collected Correspondence of J. M. W. Turner, 1980.
C. R. Leslie, Autobiographical Recollections, 1860.
Jack Lindsay, J. M. W. Turner: a critical biography, 1966.
Cosmo Monkhouse, 'Some Portraits of J. M. W. Turner' in Scribner's Magazine, 1896.
Alfred T. Story, Life of John Linnell, 1892.
Thornbury 1862 and 1877
Walter Thornbury, Life of Turner, 1862 and 1877.
R. J. B. Walker, 'The Portraits of J. M. W. Turner: a Check-list' in Turner Studies, 1983, vol.3, no.1.
Andrew Wilton, Life of Turner, 1979.
This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 1985, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.