Turner is unarguably one of Britain's most famous and innovative artists. From his student days he toured through England and Wales, making numerous topographical watercolour sketches and oils. After his first visit to the Alps in 1802, he began to combine narrative with the effects of sublime and violent nature, as seen in his Snow Storm: Hannibal and His Army Crossing the Alps (1812). Later landscapes such as The Fighting Temeraire (1838) were remarkable for their dazzling effects of light and colour. While his impressionistic style bewildered some, Constable thought them 'airy visions painted with tinted steam'.Although he ended his career as Professor of Perspective at the Royal Academy, Turner was an intensely private man who rarely had his portrait painted. Linnell developed this from memory at the request of the Revd Daniell at whose table both artist and sitter frequently met.
Where to see this painting?
National Portrait Gallery, London
St Martin’s Place, London, Greater London, England, WC2H 0HE
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