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Georgian Silver and Agate Pocket Snuff Box Inscribed ‘Joseph Mallord William Turner’ and the date ‘1785’ (1700 to 1800 England)
J.M.W.Turner (1775 – 1851) has a good claim to be the most perceptive and creative artist that Britain has ever produced. Born on 23rd April 1775 above his father’s barbers shop at 21 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, from an early age he displayed an interest in drawing and art. In 1785, at the age of ten, he went to live with his maternal uncle at Brentford. It is said, for the sake of his health. Whilst at school in Brentford he began to earn his first sums of money by the practice of art. He coloured some of the plates of Boswell’s ‘Antiquities’ for the foreman of the Brentford Distillery and was paid four pence each. Shortly after this his copies of engravings were being sold in his father’s shop for a shilling each. His uncle also had a house near Sunningwell in oxford and Turner’s earliest preserved drawing ‘Folly Bridge’ was executed whilst he was living there, it bears the date 1787, he was twelve years old. The next year he was sent to school in Margate and there he began his enduring love of the sea and the English coast.
A Georgian Silver and Agate Pocket Snuff Box Inscribed ‘Joseph Mallord William Turner’ and the date ‘1785’