This self-portrait, oil on canvas, was executed in the latter half of the 18th century.

Joseph Mallord William Turner was an English landscape painter. This Romanticist painter was considered a controversial figure by his contemporaries, but is now recognized as an outstanding artist who managed to elevate landscape painting to an eminence rivalling history painting.

Turner was renowned for his magnificent oil paintings, however he is also one of the greatest masters of watercolour landscape painting.

He is commonly refered to as "the painter of light" and his work is regarded as a Romantic preface to the epoch of Impressionism.

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