James Turner, Portrait Painter

(fl. 1745-1790)

Portrait Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Was a native of Ireland, but, so far as is known, practised as an artist in England only, where he painted from 1745 to 1790. He exhibited portraits and miniatures at the Society of Artists from 1761 to 1783, and was a member of the Society on its incorporation in 1765, and a director in 1772. Some portraits by him were engraved. Pasquin says of him: "This ingenious gentleman invented a new colour, called the patent yellow, which has been eminently productive to him and beneficial to society."

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