In 1804 he built his own gallery attached to his house in Harley Street and from 1806 he regularly submitted pictures to the British Institution and a new exhibition space in Pall Mall.
One picture caught my eye. 'The Regatta beating to Windward 1828 Oil on Canvass on loan from Indianapolis Museum of Art. Turner stayed at the Isle of Wight home of J Nash Esq East Cowes Castle.
" ...The highlight of the event that year was the race for his Majesty's Cup awarded by George IV to the winning yacht 'Arrow'. Turner took notes of the names of the yachts and the owners and made numerous oil sketches of the yachts racing in the Solent or returning to their moorings." - p 188 of Turner and the Sea - Exhibition Catalogue and Book
The much loved painting of the Fighting Temeraire being tugged to the breakers’ yard in Rotherhithe by a steam powered paddle tug of course mourns nostalgically and patriotically the passing of sail power but recognises change technological progress. He would have embraced Selling 3.0
Around 20,000 of his drawings and watercolours together with numerous unfinished oil paintings were left to the nation as the Turner Bequest.
The show closes in April don't miss it whether you admire the Salesman Turner or the painter Turner or like me BOTH !