Cole's Circle


Turner, Joseph Mallord William (1775-1851)

British landscape painter working in both oil and watercolor, whose pictures greatly impressed Cole when he viewed them on his first trip to Europe in 1829-1831. Turner, like Cole, sought to incorporate mythological and historical events into his work, which is often defined by its dramatic effects of light and color. Cole viewed Turner's Dido Building Carthage, or the Rise of the Carthaginian Empire (1815) in his London studio in 1829, later alluding to it in his The Course of Empire: Consummation (1835-1836).