Turner: A Light in the Darkness

Detail from Joseph Mallord William Turner, ‘Bellinzona, Switzerland, with the Fortresses of Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden’, 1842

Turner: a Light in the Darkness.
1st-31st January 2008

Print Gallery

The Gallery’s Vaughan Bequest of Turner watercolours span the career of one of Britain’s most accomplished artists. By his late teens, Turner had already gained a reputation as a skilled draughtsman and was receiving commissions from engravers and collectors.  The show included works painted during Turner’s many trips to Europe in his later years, capturing stunning locations like The Doge’s Palace in Venice, Lake Lucerne, and the fortresses at Bellinzona in Switzerland. Some of his most striking works in watercolour were produced during this period, and show how he magically captured the effects of light.