Charles Turner (engraver)

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Engraving of Dudley Digges by Charles Turner

Charles Turner (31 August 1774 [1] Woodstock, Oxfordshire - 1 August 1857) was an English mezzotint engraver and draughtsman.


Through his mother's influence he had access to the gallery at Blenheim Palace.[2] Turner moved to London in about 1789, was apprenticed to the engraver John Jones, enrolled in the Royal Academy Schools and worked for John Boydell, a major print publisher.

Turner was skilled in stipple and aquatint as well as mezzotint, his diverse talents producing a large range of subjects covering topography and genre. His main interest, though, was portraiture, and the greater part of the more than six hundred plates he created during his career, were portraits. His close friendship with J. M. W. Turner, led to his engraving much of the artist's work, and twenty-four of the plates for Liber Studiorum. He engraved many of Henry Raeburn's portraits, including Sir Walter Scott. A set of his engravings, The Rivers of England, published between 1823 and 1827, showed him as a landscape artist.

He was elected an associate of the Royal Academy in 1828.[3]



  • Whittingham, Selby, <Brentford to Oxford>, J. M. W. Turner, R.A., Publications, 2010

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