Mary Dawson Turner

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Mary Dawson Turner, 1815 drawing by Ramsay Richard Reinagle

Mary Dawson Turner, before her marriage Mary Palgrave (1774–1850),[1] was an English artist. She is known for her series of portraits, making etchings from drawings collected by her husband.[2]


She was the daughter of William Palgrave, one of 12 children; her sister Anne married Edward Rigby. She married Dawson Turner, and they had 11 children, of whom eight survived to adulthood.[1][3]


She etched a series of 50 illustrations by John Sell Cotman for her husband's Account of a Tour in Normandy (1820). She also made collections of etched portraits. One set of 50 etchings, published in 1823, was followed by a set of 100 portraits of "distinguished individuals", published at Great Yarmouth. There was a larger collection including also buildings and landscape subjects.[4]


  1. ^ a b Joseph Dalton Hooker; Leonard Huxley (1 May 2011). Life and Letters of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker O.M., G.C.S.I. Cambridge University Press. p. 17. ISBN 978-1-108-03100-4.
  2. ^ William Creasy Ewing (1837). Norfolk lists, from the Reformation to the present time. p. 177.
  3. ^ Fraser, Angus. "Turner, Dawson". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/27846. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  4. ^ Lowndes, William Thomas (1865). The Bibliographer's Manual of English Literature. p. 2722.