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TURNER Joseph Mallord William Turner the son of a barber and wigmaker was born in London in 1775 As a child Turner made money by colouring engravings for his fathers customers At the age of 14 he entered the Royal Academy He exhibited his first drawing A View of the Archbishops Palace in Lambeth in 1790 Two years later he providing illustrations for the Copperplate Magazine and the Pocket Magazine In 1792 Turner went on his first sketching tour Most of his pictures during this period were cathedrals abbeys bridges and towns but in 1796 he became interested in painting pictures of the sea He also began touring with his artist friend Thomas Girton By 1800 Turner was acknowledged as one of Britains leading topographical watercolorist He received several commissions to illustrate books His artistic ability was recognized when he was elected an associate of the Royal Academy In 1803 Turners style changed His impressionistic Calais Pier was criticized as being unfinished For the next few years the critics attacked him and he had difficulty selling his paintings One critic called Turners landscapes pictures of nothing and very alike Turner had his supporters including John Ruskin who described his paintings as true beautiful and intellectual In 1844 Turner turned his attention to railways and painted Rain Steam and Speed - The Great Western Railway J M W Turner died at his cottage in Chelsea in 1851 He left some three hundred paintings and nineteen thousand watercolors to the nation Joseph Mallord William Turner enjoys a reputation as one of the finest landscape painters in English history The son of a London barber Turner was born on April 23 1775 His mother died when he was still young and young Joseph received only the most rudimentary of education from his father From early childhood Turner poured his energies into drawing and later painting By the age of 13 he
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