Painting a fortune: JMW Turner and the Bank of England

Research from the Bank of England Archive sheds light on the famous artist’s career and investments.

About the display

From Friday 15 November


Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) was a landscape and history painter. Throughout his career he produced an extensive catalogue of work and frequently exhibited at the Royal Academy. Recognised as a Romantic artist, his artworks include oil paintings, engravings and watercolours, with many now held for the nation at Tate Britain.

Turner used his artistic talent to amass a considerable fortune. Records of transactions found within the stock ledger collection from the Bank of England Archive show that his earliest investments of 3% Consols stock were made when he was just 18 years old.

Our new display uses entries from the stock ledgers, which record the accounts of stockholders, to provide an insight into Turner’s investments and the details around his transactions.

To coincide with JMW Turner featuring on the new £20 note, find out about the variety of stock purchases made by Turner in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, how these were processed, and what types of stock were popular at the time Turner was investing.

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We are open Monday-Friday 10am to 5pm (excluding Bank Holidays), last entry at 4:30pm.

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This page was last updated 24 September 2019
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