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Joseph Mallord William Turner
Light and Colour (Goethe‘s Theory) - the Morning after the Deluge - Moses Writing the Book of Genesis
ca. 1843
Oil on canvas

787 x 787 mm
Support: 787 x 787 mm
Frame: 1036 x 1036 x 115 mm

Tate Britain

Excerpt from Tate Britain - Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851), Biography

Joseph Mallord William Turner was born, it is thought, on 23 April 1775 at 21 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London, the son of William Turner (1745–1829), a barber and wig-maker, and his wife Mary, née Marshall (1739–1804). His father, born in South Molton, Devon, had moved to London around 1770 to follow his own father’s trade. His mother came from a line of prosperous London butchers and shopkeepers. Joseph Mallord William Turner was baptised at the local church, St. Paul’s in Covent Garden, on 14 May. A sister, Mary Anne, was born in 1778 but died in 1783, just before her fifth birthday. In 1796 the family moved to 26 Hand Court, on the other side of Maiden Lane. Turner remained a Londoner and kept a Cockney accent all his life, avoiding the veneer of social polish acquired by many artists of the time as they climbed the professional ladder.

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Joseph Mallord William Turner, British, (1775-1851)
b. April 23, 1775, London
d. 1851

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