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Self-Portrait

Joseph M. Turner (English, 1775-1851)


Turner gave this, his first oil painting to his resident housekeeper of forty years Hannah Danby who bequeathed it in 1853 to Turner's admirer, the critic John Ruskin.

"It is to me, who knew him in his age, entirely the germ and virtually capable contents of the man I knew" wrote Ruskin, but only guessing at the date, had the Latin label read:  "J.M.W. Turner, by his hand, in the fourth lustrum of life [between 16 and 20]."

Object Information

artist
Joseph M. Turner (English, 1775-1851)
creation date
1791-1793
materials
oil on canvas
dimensions
20-1/2 x 16-1/2 in.
accession number
72.206
credit line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Kurt F. Pantzer
copyright
Public Domain
collection
European Painting and Sculpture to 1945
colors