J.M.W. Turner - Exhibition Resources

JMW Turner, 'Bellinzona, Switzerland, with the Fortresses of Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden' 

The annual exhibition of Turner watercolours is currently on display in the Print Gallery of the National Gallery of Ireland, closing 31 January. Admission is free. 

On 25 January 1900, a resolution was passed by the Governors and guardians of the National Gallery of Ireland which ‘gratefully accepted’ Henry Vaughan’s bequest of 31 watercolours and drawings by JMW Turner RA (1775-1851). Vaughan was a wealthy English collector who died in 1899. His prized Turner watercolours were divided between the National Galleries in London, Dublin and Edinburgh. In his bequest, he stipulated that the works should only be shown during the month of January, and he provided a cabinet for their safe storage when not on display.

The 2013 exhibition will include the entire Vaughan Bequest, in addition to 5 other watercolours acquired in recent years, and a selection of Turner’s Liber Studiorum prints.


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