William J.M.W. Turner ( 1775 - 1851 ) is one of mine favourite painters.
Turner entered the Royal Academy of Art in 1789, aged 14,
and was accepted into the academy a year later by Sir Joshua Reynolds.
Turner showed an early interest in architecture, but was advised by
Thomas Hardwick to focus on painting. His first watercolour, A View of the Archbishop's Palace, Lambeth was accepted for the Royal Academy summer exhibition of 1790 when Turner was 15.
n 1796, Turner exhibited Fishermen at Sea, his first oil painting for the academy,
Turner traveled widely in Europe, starting with France and Switzerland in 1802 and studying in the Louvre in Paris in the same year.
He made many visits to Venice.