J.M.W. Turner - Storm at the Mount of the Grand Canal, Venice

J.M.W. Turner
"Storm at the Mount of the Grand Canal, Venice", c.1840.
Photo © National Gallery of Ireland.

‘Turner in January’ in Dublin and Edinburgh

In 1900, the National Gallery of Ireland and the National Galleries of Scotland received a bequest of watercolours by J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) from English collector Henry Vaughan (1809-99). Every January, both galleries present an annual display of these works. January 1-31, 2017.

Source: National Gallery of Ireland and the National Galleries of Scotland

Vaughan had no connections with Ireland but, inspired by the writings of John Ruskin, he decided to gift his collection of Turner watercolours to the National Galleries of Ireland, England and Scotland.

Vaughan stipulated in his bequest that these delicate watercolours should be ‘exhibited to the public all at one time, free of charge, during the month of January’ (when daylight is low and at its least damaging level) and his wishes have been faithfully adhered to for over 100 years

This year, alongside the much-loved Vaughan Bequest the Dubling Gallery will display a selection of Turner's “Liber Studiorum” prints. Turner embarked on his most important publishing venture, the Liber Studiorum or ‘drawing book’ in 1807. The series of over seventy prints was conceived as a visual treatise on landscape art and was divided into categories such as marine, architectural and ‘epic pastoral’. They made Turner’s work accessible to a wide audience and were a good advertisement for his work. The National Gallery of Ireland’s complete set of Liber Studiorum prints was presented to the Gallery in 1903 by the Irish born clergyman Stopford Augustus Brooke (1832-1916).

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Turner in January, 2016 (exhibition, 2016)

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