Joseph Mallord William TURNER RA (1775 – 1851)
Joseph Mallord William TURNER RA
(British, London 1775 – overl. London 1851)
“The entrance of Calais Harbour”
Bottom left: ‘Drawn Etched & Engraved by I.M.W. Turner R.A.’ Bottom centre: ‘ENTRANCE OF CALAIS HARBOUR | Published Jany. 1. 1816, by Mr. Turner, Queen Ann Street West’
Mezzotint on cream laid paper, 259 x 356 cm. (unframed)
William Turner was an English Romantic painter, printmaker and watercolourist. He is known for his expressive colourisations, imaginative landscapes and turbulent, often violent marine paintings. He left behind more than 550 oil paintings, 2,000 watercolours, and 30,000 works on paper. Turner had been championed by the leading English art critic John Ruskin from 1840, and is today regarded as having elevated landscape painting to an eminence rivalling history painting.
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