1. How did Turner demonstrate artistic talent at an early age?
a) By painting portraits of other children at school
b) By drawing with his finger in milk spilt on a tea tray
c) By sketching with charcoal before he could write his own name
2. Which of the following did Turner dislike throughout his life?
a) His own appearance
b) Other artists
c) His father
3. Turner was known for his terrible rages and boorish behaviour. Often mistrusting his clients, what did Turner do?
a) Sell fake versions of his paintings
b) Spy on visitors to his gallery through a peephole
c) Sign his paintings under a different name
4. What did Tate find in one of Turner’s sketchbooks?
a) A watercolour sketch of his pet dog
b) A remedy for dodgy bowels
c) A poem he wrote to his mistress
5. Which of the following was one of Turner’s hobbies?
6. Keen to immerse himself in nature, what did Turner claim to do?
a) Have sailors tie him to the mast of a boat during a major winter storm
b) Camp-out in his garden for six months of the year
c) Speak to wild animals whilst walking through the Alps
7. While hugely prolific in his lifetime, producing more than 30,000 sketches, drawings and watercolours, what was Turner not successful at?
b) Dressing well
c) Managing his finances
8. In the later years of his career, Turner’s art became more radical and experimental. Which unusual material(s) did he introduce to his paint?
a) Honey and milk
b) Thames water
c) Tobacco juice and stale beer
9. From 1805 to 1811, Turner lived along the Thames at Isleworth and Hammersmith and had his own sailing boat. What did the fellow boatmen nickname him?
b) Turner of the Thames
c) Jolly Joseph
10. What did Turner have health issues with?
a) His teeth
b) His sense of smell
c) His hearing
11. What is Turner rumoured to have done every day?
a) Sing the national anthem three times
b) Paddle in the River Thames
c) Drink up to eight pints of rum and milk
12. JMW Turner never married. Which of the following did he keep for company?
a) Tail-less cats
b) An imaginary friend
c) A talking parrot
13. Turner died in 1851, aged 76. At his request he was buried in St Paul’s Cathedral, where he lies next to Sir Joshua Reynolds. Which of the following are rumoured to be his last words?
a) I’m going, but I’m going in the name of the Lord
b) A party! Let’s have a party
c) The Sun is God
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