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LIST OF PLATES.
XXX. TANCARVILLE AND TOWN OF QUILLEBEUF
XXXV. LA CHAISE DE GARGANTUA
XL. CHATEAU DE LA MAILLERAIE
L. SAINT DENIS
LV. PONT NEUF, AT PARIS
J. M. W. TURNER, ESQ., R.A.
JOSEPH MALLORD WILLIAM TURNER, the greatest landscape painter the world has ever seen, was born, there is every reason to believe, on the 23d of April, (St. George's Day,) 1775, over the shop of his father, who followed the humble vocation of hair-dresser and barber, at No. 26, Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, and appears to have been an honest, industrious, and thriving tradesman. The house is still in existence, and is situated on the northern side of the lane, at the corner of Hand Court, but now forms part of the range of warehouses belonging to Mr. Parkin the grocer. The elder Turner dressed wigs and hair, both at home and abroad; a tolerably lucrative trade in those days of
queues, toupées, and powdered curls, in a thickly peopled and then very fashionable locality. The inscription on his son's coffin represents him as seventy-nine years of age at the time of his death ;' and his love of mystification led some of his acquaintance to believe that he was even older. One of his housekeepers, who lived with him many
| The old man used to say that when the Tories passed the powder-tax, in 1795, they drove out wigs, and so completely ruined his trade that it was no longer worth following.
? This inscription, hastily adopted, is admitted by the executors to be incorrect.