Turner's Journeys of the Imagination

Painting of a woodland scene with a castle in the background

24 May 2002 - 4 August 2002

Turner's Journeys of the Imagination features Merseyside's most important works by the renowned landscape painter Joseph Mallord Willliam Turner (1775-1851). The exhibition celebrates the birth of domestic tourism and its influence on his art.

Turner travelled frequently in Britain and Europe throughout his lifetime. Many of the works on display relate directly to sketches produced on these tours.

The paintings, watercolours and prints span the full length of Turners career. While early watercolours recall an older topographical tradition, works from the artist's later tours show the development of Turner's expressive use of light and colour. The exhibition concludes with a number of late, sparkling oil paintings.

Other displays include contemporary travel guides and optical devices, such as a camera obscura and a Claude glass - essential equipment for the travelling tourist.

This is the first time that all of these works have been seen together and a rare opportunity to see prints and watercolours that are seldom displayed.