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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851), Landscape painter

Landscape painter; ARA 1799, RA 1802.

'... 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).

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Butlin & 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.

Cust 1895
Lionel Cust, 'The Portraits of Turner' in The Magazine of Art, 1895.

Finberg 1961
Alexander Finberg, Life of Turner, 1961.

Gage 1980
John Gage, Collected Correspondence of J. M. W. Turner, 1980.

Leslie 1860
C. R. Leslie, Autobiographical Recollections, 1860.

Lindsay 1966
Jack Lindsay, J. M. W. Turner: a critical biography, 1966.

Monkhouse 1896
Cosmo Monkhouse, 'Some Portraits of J. M. W. Turner' in Scribner's Magazine, 1896.

Story 1892
Alfred T. Story, Life of John Linnell, 1892.

Thornbury 1862 and 1877
Walter Thornbury, Life of Turner, 1862 and 1877.

Walker 1983
R. J. B. Walker, 'The Portraits of J. M. W. Turner: a Check-list' in Turner Studies, 1983, vol.3, no.1.

Wilton 1979
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.