Whitworth exhibits masterpieces by Turner in London

21 11 2013

Whitworth exhibits masterpieces by Turner in London

As a major exhibition of ‘Turner and the Sea’ opens this week at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, 16 of the Whitworth’s collection of 60 works by JMW Turner also go on exhibition in London.

The Whitworth Art Gallery has long been known for its wonderful collection of works of art on paper, and is home to …’one of the most important and comprehensive collections of British watercolours outside London’, to quote the introduction to the catalogue that accompanies a small, but focused loan exhibition to the Andrew Clayton-Payne gallery in Old Bond Street.

A casual conversation about the quality and extent of the Whitworth’s holdings of Turner watercolours, and the fact of the Gallery being temporarily closed to the public, set in motion the idea to bring a selected group of works to the capital – the first time these 16 Turner watercolours have been displayed together in London.



The works have been chosen by David Morris, the Gallery’s Head of Collections, and spans the whole of Turner’s artistic career, from the accurate and precisely delineated watercolour drawings of the gifted, young art student to the colourful, expressive and impassioned works of his later years. A beautiful, illustrated catalogue researched and written by David and generously supported by Andrew Clayton-Payne, accompanies the exhibition.

The images here show the installation of this gem of an exhibition, overseen by Daniel Hogger, the Whitworth’s Conservator (Works on Paper), who assessed and prepared the works for loan, accompanied the watercolours in transit and checked the condition of each item.

Follow the link for a short video, as well as more information on the exhibition that opened on 21 Nov and runs to 8 Dec 2013: http://www.clayton-payne.com




One response

22 11 2013

Thanks for pointing this out. I’ve shared it on my Facebook page. What a pity I can’t get to London before 8th Dec. the video is excellent. Very high quality & the Whitworth’s paintings look revishing! Great to see photos of the gallery’s building progress too!

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