Joseph Mallord William Turner

Cherbourg – The Artists – Turner, William

This page forms part of a series of pages dedicated to the many artists who worked in Cherbourg. A full list of all the artists with a link to their works can be found at the bottom of this page.

William (JMW) Turner
William (JMW) Turner

Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775 – 1851) known as William Turner, was an English artist of the Romantic movement. He was a painter, printmaker and a watercolourist. He is known for his expressive colourisations, imaginative landscapes and turbulent, often violent marine paintings.

As a child prodigy he went to art school in London at the age of 14. Although he lived all his live in London, he travelled extensively in Europe, particularly the Normandy area.

Intensely private, eccentric and reclusive, Turner was a controversial figure throughout his career. He did not marry, but fathered two daughters, Eveline (1801–1874) and Georgiana (1811–1843), by his housekeeper Sarah Danby. He became more pessimistic and morose as he got older, especially after the death of his father, after which his outlook deteriorated, his gallery fell into disrepair and neglect, and his art intensified. In 1841 Turner rowed a boat into the Thames so he could not be counted as present at any property.

He lived in squalor and poor health from 1845, and died in London in 1851 aged 76. Turner is buried in Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London.

Click here to read Turner’s full bio on Wikipedia.

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NOTE: To our knowledge, Turner did not work in Cherbourg itself, but instead worked in nearby Saint-Vaast-La-Hogue.


The village of Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue (population: 1,800) lies to the East of Cherbourg along the coast.

1826 - Joseph Mallord William Turner - St-Vaast-la-Hougue, Normandy
1826 – Joseph Mallord William Turner – St-Vaast-la-Hougue, Normandy
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???? – Joseph Mallord William Turner – St-Vaast-la-Hougue, Normandy

William Turner painted in the following other places in France (but mostly in Normandy), which will be featured eventually on this site. A link “” to those cities will appear below when published.

Here are the artists we found who worked in Cherbourg. A link “” will show when that artist’s works has been published on our site. A “*” indicates that the artist did not work in Cherbourg itself, instead worked in nearby places.

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