Early in Turner’s career Sir John Leicester of Tabley Hall complained that Turner spent more time fishing than he did painting. Turner fished in the Thames near his home in Twickenham, in Yorkshire and at the home of his friend James Holworthy in Derbyshire.
Joseph Mallord William Turner
Study of Fish: Two Tench, a Trout and a Perch
27.5 x 47 cm
Date of work
Joseph Mallord William Turner was born in London; he remained a Londoner and kept a Cockney accent all his life despite dominating British landscape painting throughout the first half of the 19th century. He established a reputation in the Royal Academy, first as a topographical watercolourist and then within a few years as a painter of sublime and historical landscapes. From the mid-1790s he settled on the routine he maintained for much of his life: touring in summer and working in the studio in the winter months. He opened his own gallery and had many patrons and admirers as well as detractors. After his death a large body of his works in oil and watercolour was given to the British nation, with many on show at Tate Britain.