'Margate' by JMW Turner, c.1840
Turner: travels, light and landscape
JMW Turner is one of Britain’s greatest landscape painters. The paintings, watercolours and prints by Turner in National Museums Liverpool’s collections are some of the best in the country.
This exhibition will present a selection of some 30 works by Turner, drawn from the Walker Art Gallery, Lady Lever Art Gallery and Sudley House. It will take a chronological approach to explore the artist’s life and work.
Paintings such as 'Margate Harbour' (1837) and 'Linlithgow Palace' (about 1807), will be shown alongside prints and watercolours that are rarely displayed due to their light-sensitivity. This will include the watercolours 'Dudley' (about 1830-33), 'Off Dover' (between 1820-1827), 'Wells Cathedral' (1795-96) and 'View of the Mole' (about 1818).
Online collection - works on paper
National Museums Liverpool is currently working on 'Watermark', a project to create an online resource for the 8000 works on paper across its fine art collections to increase public access to these important works. The first online phase of 'Watermark' will launch to coincide with this exhibition, highlighting specially selected pieces from the collection.
'British Watercolours and Drawings' by Jessica Feather provides a fully illustrated guide to this important collection of more than 300 works at the Lady Lever Art Gallery. It includes most of the works in this Turner exhibition.
Find out more about Turner.