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Mallord William Turner, RA (baptised 14 May 1775 - 19 December 1851) was an English Romanticist landscape painter. Turner was considered a controversial figure in his day, but is now regarded as the artist who elevated landscape painting to an eminence rivalling history painting.
Although renowned for his oil paintings, Turner is also one of the greatest masters of British watercolour landscape painting. He is commonly known as "the painter of light".
Biography
Early life
The house in Maiden Lane where Turner was born, c.1850s
art Mallord William Turner was baptised on 14 May 1775, but his date of birth is unknown. It is generally believed he was born between late April and early May. Turner himself claimed he was born on 23 April, but there is no proof.He was born in Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, in London, England.His father, William Turner (1745–21 September 1829), was a barber and wig maker.His mother, Mary art, came from a family of butchers.A younger sister, Mary Ann, was born in September 1778 but died in August 1783... See More

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