Welcome to Year 4 and Class 4T!
Our class is named after Joseph Mallard William Turner (23 April 1775 – 19 December 1851). He was a famous painter who painted lots of pictures of landscapes that you might recognise.
Turner was the youngest person ever to exhibit at the Royal Academy of Arts, showing his first picture when he was 15. He travelled extensively for his art, painting pictures of Venice and Rome among other places, although most of his work was painted in Britain, especially seascapes.
He travelled around Europe for his art, taught others, experimented with different types of painting and drawing - he was a man who showed how to live life in all its fullness!
Some Pictures by Turner
This picture is called 'Rain, Steam and Speed'. Turner painted it in 1844 and you can see it in the National Gallery, London. It's a picture of a Great Western Steam train crossing the River Thames at Maidenhead.
If you look at the painting really carefully, you might be able to make out a hare running along the tracks in the right hand corner, and a mallard duck on the river!
This painting is called 'The Fighting Temeraire'. Turner painted it in 1838 as a record of the last ship involved in the Battle of Trafalgar being towed up the River Thames to be broken up at the end of it's life.