Sketch - The Light Towers of the Herve, (painting)
Turner, J. M. W. 1775-1851
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 18
"b. London, 1775. Son of a hair-dresser. Pupil of Thomas Girtin and the Royal Academy. Elected member of the Royal Academy in 1801. Traveled all over England and Wales making studies, and visited Italy three times. Professor of perspec- tive in the Royal Academy in 1807. Most of Turner's best works were bequeathed by him to the British nation, and are now in the Royal Academy in London. Good examples are much sought after, and bring almost fabulous prices. Probably his best pictures were painted between 1802 and 1832. His earlier works were elaborated almost to weakness, and his later pictures were extravagant in color and of fugitive media. d. 1851, in humble lodgings, where he was living under an assumed name in order that he might pursue his art without interruption. See Hamerton's 'Life of J.M.W. Turner,' and read Ruskin's and Taine's criticisms of Turner's works." [P. 7-8.]
Illustrated Catalogue of Works of Art in the Art Building of the Southern Exposition at Louisville, Ky. August 16 - October 25, 1884. Prepared by Charles M. Kurtz, Director of the Art Department. Editor of National Academy Notes and the Art Union Magazine. Published for the Art Committee by John P. Morton and Company.
Artist professional affiliation: Royal Academician.