Turner, Joseph M W
Turner, Joseph M. W.
an English painter, was born at 26 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London, April 23, 1775. He became a student, in 1789, of the Royal Academy, and as early as 1799 was elected an associate of the Academy, becoming three years after a full academician. In 1807 he was elected professor of perspective, but failed on account of literary qualifications. He traveled in Scotland, France, Switzerland, and the Rhine countries, and paid three visits to Italy. He died at Chelsea, Dec. 19,1851. He bequeathed a noble collection of his works to the nation, and they were placed in a room in the National Gallery. Among his many works we notice, The Fifth Plague of Egypt: — Tenth Plague of Egypt: — a Holy Family. He also wrote a poem, The Fallacies of Hope. See Ruskin, Modern Painters; Thornbury, Life of Turner (Lond. 1862, 2 vols.; new ed. 1874).