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Depositing of John Bellini's Three Pictures in La Chiesa Redentore, Venice


A painting of Turner in front of a medium brown background. He is elegantly dressed in a cream vest and dark brown jacket with a white cravat.

Self-Portrait, ca. 1799, Joseph Mallord William Turner, British, 1775-1851, oil on canvas, 29 1/4 x 23in., Tate, Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

Eighteenth to 19th century British artist Joseph Mallord William Turner painted in the Romantic style, depicting dramatic natural landscapes in a very subjective way. Accepted into the prestigious British Royal Academy of Art at age 14, his successful career enabled him to travel across Europe often, where he painted scenes like this watercolor in the SAM Collection, Cologne from the River.
A mostly tan and beige colored watercolor painting of water and stone buildings with several rowboats and people in the water, on boats, and on a dock.

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Cologne From the Water, 1820. Watercolor on paper, 12 1/8 x 18 1/4 in. (30.8 x 46.3 cm) Frame: 22 × 27 × 15/16 in. (55.9 × 68.6 × 2.4 cm). Seattle Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Brechemin, 70.70.