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Turner: travels, light and landscape

14 February - 1 June 2014

Free entry  

Seascape painting

Detail of 'Margate' 

JMW Turner is regarded as one of the greatest British artists of all time. He helped transform British art and raise landscape painting from ‘superior wallpaper’ to the defining genre of the period. 

Featuring some 30 watercolours, paintings and prints, this exhibition is drawn from National Museums Liverpool’s own Turner collection, one of the most outstanding in the country.

Paintings such as 'Margate Harbour' and 'Linlithgow Palace', are shown alongside prints and watercolours that are rarely displayed due to their light-sensitivity. These include the watercolours 'Dudley', 'Off Dover', 'Wells Cathedral' and 'View of the Mole'.

The exhibition explores Turner’s endeavours to challenge the widely-held assumption that landscape was inferior to historical painting. It was in doing this that he produced some of the most thrilling, evocative paintings ever known.

Image gallery

'The Doge's Palace, Venice', painted in 1840. Watercolour on paper. 'Falmouth', painted about 1812-14. Watercolour on paper. 'Light Towers of La Hève', painted around 1844. Watercolour on paper. 'The Old Harbour, Naples', painted around 1818. Watercolour on paper. 'Richmond Hill', painted around 1825. Watercolour on paper. 'Wells Cathedral', painted around 1795. Watercolour on paper.

Events programme

Don’t miss our special programme | of talks, demonstrations, workshops and family activities inspired by the exhibition. 

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