JMW Turner’s Thames boat journey to be recreated to mark new exhibition

A boat journey taken by renowned romantic artist JMW Turner along the River Thames is to be recreated to launch a new exhibition of his work.

The Thames boat journey will be recreated to mark the launch of a new exhibition at the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate, Kent
The Thames boat journey will be recreated to mark the launch of a new exhibition at the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate, Kent

The Waverley will voyage from London along the coast of Kent to Margate, home of the Turner Contemporary, next year to celebrate the gallery’s fifth anniversary.

The boat, with up to 90 people on board, will follow the route first taken by the artist as a boy, at the start of the Turner and Colour exhibition in October.

A gallery spokeswoman said: “Turner first came to Margate aged 11, having been sent by his parents to school in Love Lane in Margate Old Town. He returned to sketch there aged 21 and from the 1820s onwards became a regular visitor.

“His connection with the seaside town was the founding inspiration for Turner Contemporary. The artist loved Margate for the sea, the skies, and his landlady Mrs Booth.”

Turner and the widowed Mrs Booth began a love affair in Margate where she is now immortalised in his bronze shell lady sculpture, which resides at the end of the Harbour Arm.

The gallery said Turner and Colour will be the largest exhibition of the artist’s work in the UK, featuring more than 70 paintings, including the fullest collection of the artist’s watercolours of Margate.

The 2016 programme will also include works by Barbara Hepworth, Anish Kapoor and Ben Richardson amongst others.

Source: The Independent


The art of watercolour brought home to Bedford with J.M.W Turner exhibition at The Higgins


THIS autumn, for the first time, all nine of Bedford’s watercolours by J.M.W Turner will be displayed together in the Higgins, Bedford.

The exhibition running from Saturday October 10 to Saturday April 10 spans Turner’s career, showing the development of his unique, unparalleled work, from Cote House near Bristol, painted when Turner was aged just 16 and already a skilled draughtsman and watercolourist, to The Town and Lake of Thun, painted during the final phase of his career, when he produced some of his most innovative works.

A tenth Turner is a view of Bedford, looking west along the river towards the Swan Hotel, Town Bridge and St. Paul’s Church.

The work is an engraving taken from a watercolour that Turner made as part of a project Picturesque Views in England and Wales, a series described by John Ruskin as ‘the great central work of Turner’s life’. Although the project was not a financial success, the watercolours and engravings that resulted were ‘unsurpassed in their range and power’.

A First Rate Taking in Stores is one of Turner’s most famous watercolours, in part because there is a rare first-hand account of its creation.

Turner allowed the son of his friend and patron Walter Fawkes to watch him paint. Fawkes described the process: ‘…he tore, he scratched, he scrabbled at it in a kind of frenzy and the whole thing was chaos – but gradually and as if by magic the lovely ship, with all its exquisite minutia[sic] came into being.

One of the highlights of Bedford’s Turner collection is The Great Falls of the Reichenbach, painted in 1804. At over a metre tall it is a spectacular exhibition watercolour and a technical tour de force; Turner had by this point in his career broken free of traditional methods. Working on a large scale allowed him to depict the soaring perspectives he had witnessed on his tour of Switzerland in 1802.

Alongside the works by J.M.W Turner there will be an exhibition drawn from the internationally renowned watercolour collection, including some of the great names from this enduring medium.

It includes works by Edward Dayes, Thomas Hearne and John Robert Cozens, who enhanced the young Turner’s vision, to his contemporaries Thomas Girtin and John Sell Cotman. Also featured will be works by some of the artists who followed in his footsteps, through the 19th century and up to 20th century watercolourists such as Paul Nash & David Jones.
Source: Bredfordshire On Sunday