Joseph Mallord William Turner

Maler, 1775-1851

Joseph Mallord William Turner war ein englischer Maler, Aquarellist und Zeichner. Er gilt als der bedeutendste bildende Künstler Englands in der Epoche der Romantik. Landschaften und Seestücke waren seine bevorzugten Themen, dem Licht und der Atmosphäre galt dabei sein besonderes Interesse. Weil seine Darstellungsweise bis zur Entmaterialisierung des Gegenständlichen ging und er das Licht und die Farbe von Sonnenlicht, Feuer und Wasser in ganz neuartiger Weise zum eigentlichen Thema seiner Bilder machte, beeinflusste er stark die Impressionisten. Der größte Teil seiner ausgestellten Gemälde ist in den Londoner Museen und anderen angelsächsischen Sammlungen zu sehen.

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Turner, Joseph Mallord William

English painter (1775-1851). Autograph letter signed ("J. M. W. Turner"). [London]. 31.01.1845. 8vo. 1 page on bifolium, with integral blank.
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To the collector Elhanan Bicknell: "I will thank you for a call in Queen Anne Street at your earliest convenience, for I have a whale or two on the canvas [...]". - Remnants of prior mounting on terminal page along vertical fold, faint scattered soiling. "The Whalers", exhibited at the Royal Academy Exhibition in 1845, was painted for Bicknell, a wealthy whale oil merchant.

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Turner, Joseph Mallord William

Autograph letter signed ("J. M. W. Turner") and initialled ("J.M.W.T.").
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To a Miss Rogers, probably Sarah Rogers, sister of the poet and patron Samuel Rogers (1763-1855), concerning an autograph of the Queen: "I beg your acceptance of the inclosed Autographe of Her Majesty, which I only received [in] yesterday's post!! This so long promised !! truly long look'd [?] for - come at last. Believe me to be Yours most sincerely [...]". On the reverse, he adds: "[...] folded when sent to me", with his initials. - In an undated letter to Harriet Carrick Moore (1779-1866), whose like-named daughter is probably the recipient of the envelope, Turner mentions a "dear Miss Rogers" as a mutual friend (cf. Walter Thurbury, The Life of J. M. W. Turner [1862], vol. II, p. 229), likely Sarah Rogers. William Turner was not only Samuel Rogers' friend and protégé but also on good terms with his sister Sarah and their mutual friend Mrs Carrick Moore, wife of the Scottish physician James Carrick Moore (1762-1860) and her family (cf. James Hamilton, Turner [New York 2007], p. 309). - Letter and envelope with traces of former mounting.