Revered as one of the greatest British painters of all time, Joseph Mallord William Turner was born in London in 1775. He was an English Romanticist, who worked in landscape painting and is frequently referred to as "the painter of light" because of his impressive ability to depict the atmospheric nature of light and the environment. He began exhibiting watercolors at the Royal Academy in 1790, and his first oil painted was exhibited there in 1796. He was elected a Royal Academician in February 1802. Turner worked mostly in oils and watercolors, and his landscapes are textural, abstracted, and rooted in the sublime. He passed away in 1851 at the age of 76.