At age fourteen, J. M. W. Turner (British, 1775–1851) began his studies at the Royal Academy Schools. His association with the academy continued throughout his career: He was elected an associate in 1799, a full member in 1802, Professor of Perspective in 1807, and acting president in 1845. He exhibited at the academy nearly every year from age fifteen until the end of his life. Turner traveled widely in England, Wales, Scotland, France, Switzerland, and other European countries—sketching outdoors and discovering new dimensions in his subject matter, which was almost exclusively landscapes. When he died in 1851, Turner left much of his artwork to the British nation.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson called Turner “the Shakespeare of landscape.” Known for his technical brilliance and commitment to the idea that watercolor equaled oil painting in complexity and expressive power, Turner is considered one of the greatest masters of watercolor landscape painting. He transformed the genre through his startling use of light and color. His work is regarded as a Romantic preface to the Impressionist movement.
Contains five each of the following notecards:
- Dunstanborough Castle, Northumberland, c. 1829
- Malvern Abbey and Gate, Worcestershire, c. 1830
- Whitehall, c. 1835
- Exeter, c. 1827
Published with Manchester Art Gallery.