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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
20th April 1945 Born today: Jimmy Winston, London, organist (Samll Facres-Itchycoo Park)
20th April 1906 Australian wombat, oldest known marsupial, dies in London Zoo at 26.
20th April 1904 George Bernard Shaw's Candida, premieres in London
20th April 1879 1st mobile home (horse drawn) used in a journey from London and Cyprus
20th April 1715 Nicholas Rowe's Tragedy of Lady Jane Gray, premieres in London
The Painter Of Light
Joseph Mallord William Turner was born here - a great painter.
Location: 21 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, WC2E
Description: A prolific artist, better known as just 'Turner', produced over 20,000 paintings and drawings in his lifetime.
In fact, Joseph Mallord William Turner (or the easier JMW Turner), often called 'the painter of light', as well as 'the great pyrotechnist', was born in London, England on April 23, 1775, above his father's barbers shop at 21 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden.
As one of the finest landscape artists, his whose work was even exhibited when he was still a teenager. His entire life was devoted to his art. Unlike many artists of his era, he was successful throughout his career.
And as the precursor to Impressionism he was and is an artist we should always remember.
The house however is now a Porterhouse pub but the road remains the same apart from the opening onto Bedford Road.