About the artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) was an English Romantic landscape painter, watercolourist and printmaker. He is known for his expressive colourisations and imaginative compositions, which often featured dramatic natural scenes. Turner was a major influence on the later development of Impressionism and Expressionism. He was born in London and was largely self-taught. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1790 and was elected a full member in 1802. Turner was also a prolific watercolourist and produced over 2,000 works in this medium. Also associated with: Romanticism, The Fighting Temeraire, Rain, Steam and Speed, The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, The Slave Ship, The Fighting Téméraire tugged to her last Berth to be broken up.