Turner, Charles (1774-1857)

Turner, Charles (1774-1857)

Charles Turner ARA was an English engraver who is best known for his portraiture. He produced predominantly mezzotint engravings and was a close associate of JMW Turner’s.

1774

Born in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England to Charles and Jane. His mother was a companion to the Duchess of Marlborough at Blenheim Palace.

c. 1789

Moved to London and worked for John Boydell, a print publisher.

Enrolled in the Royal Academy Schools where he met JMW Turner.

1795

Produced his first mezzotint engraving.

1798

Employed by publisher Edward Orme.

1806

Produced a mezzotint of JMW Turner’s shipwreck - the first print produced of the artist’s works.

Began collaborating with JMW Turner on his Liber Studiorum. The two fell out in 1809 due to an issue with money. The quarrel lasted for several years.

1812

Appointed Mezzotinto Engraver in Ordinary to his Majesty.

1828

Elected an associate of the Royal Academy.

1857

Died in London, England, and buried at Highgate Cemetery.

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