Such artists are not limited to this century. In 1790, a fifteen-year-old English boy, who had studied art at the Royal Academy for only two years, had one of his watercolors accepted in the Academy's annual exhibition. And, lest you think this show was the English equivalent of a high school art show, think again. It was more on the level of the annual French Academy Salon. He was competing against practicing, professional artists of all ages. By the age of 27 he was elected to full membership in the Royal Academy (an honor many practicing artists never attained). Later he became a professor at the Royal Academy school. His name was Joseph Mallord William Turner.
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