"Turner's first job was as an assistant to an architect. At the age of fourteen he decided to become an artist, and began to study at the schools of the Royal Academy. His early work consisted of drawings and watercolours on paper; it was some years before he felt ready to start painting in oils...Turner exhibited his first oil painting at the Royal Academy, Fishermen at Sea, in 1796, when he was twenty-one. " http://www.tate.org.uk/britain/turner/biography.htm (17/2/10)
'Known for his technical brilliance and startling use of light and color, he incorporated learned references to literature, mythology, and historical events in his pictures'