J.M.W. Turner
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J.M.W. Turner

The National Gallery of Art is trying to put the work of Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) in proper perspective with “J.M.W. Turner,” an exhibition of more than 140 oil paintings. Here is 1797’s “Transept of Ewenny Priory, Glamorganshire,” a work in watercolor, scraping-out and pencil on paper. (National Museum Wales/National Gallery of Art)
The exhibition runs through Jan. 6 at the Washington, D.C. museum. Here is “The Fifth Plague of Egypt” (1800), an oil on canvas. (Indianapolis Museum of Art/National Gallery of Art)
“Sheerness as Seen From the Nore” (1808), oil on canvas, by Joseph Mallord William Turner. (The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston/National Gallery of Art)
“Snow Storm: Hannibal and His Army Crossing the Alps” (1812), oil on canvas, by Joseph Mallord William Turner. (© Tate Modern/National Gallery of Art)
“The Decline of the Carthaginian Empire” (1817), oil on canvas, by Joseph Mallord William Turner. (© Tate Modern/National Gallery of Art)
“The Moon Behind Clouds; Study for ‘Shields’,” (circa 1823-1825), by Joseph Mallord William Turner. (© Tate Modern/National Gallery of Art)
“Shields, on the River Tyne (From ‘The Rivers of England’)” (1823), watercolor on paper, by Joseph Mallord William Turner. (© Tate Modern/National Gallery of Art)
“Death on a Pale Horse” (circa 1825-1835), oil on canvas, by Joseph Mallord William Turner. (© Tate Modern/National Gallery of Art)
“The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, 16th October 1834" (1835), oil on canvas, by Joseph Mallord William Turner. (Philadelphia Museum of Art/National Gallery of Art)
Another take on the incident: “The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, 16th October 1834" (1835), oil on canvas, by Joseph Mallord William Turner. (©The Cleveland Museum of Art/National Gallery of Art)
‘Waves Breaking on a Lee Shore at Margate (‘Study for Rockets and Blue Lights’)” (circa 1840), oil on canvas, by Joseph Mallord William Turner. (© Tate Modern/National Gallery of Art)
“Regulus” (1828), reworked 1837, oil on canvas, by Joseph Mallord William Turner. (© Tate Modern/National Gallery of Art)
“Light and Color (Goethe’s Theory) – the Morning After the Deluge – Moses Writing the Book of Genesis” (1843), oil on canvas, by Joseph Mallord William Turner. (© Tate Modern/National Gallery of Art)
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