Turner: A Light in the Darkness

Joseph Mallord William Turner, 'Storm at the Mouth of the Grand Canal, Venice', c.1840

1-31 January 2012. Print Gallery, admission free.

The Gallery’s annual Turner exhibition featured the celebrated Vaughan Bequest of watercolours, many of which were painted during the artist’s European travels. Turner: A Light in the Darkness was complemented by a display of silhouettes and miniatures from the Mary A. McNeill Bequest (1985) which includes works by John Comerford, Richard Crosse, Henry Bone and Nathaniel Hone the Elder.


The exhibition was accompanied by a programme of talks on the theme ‘Turner and Romantic Nature’.

Sunday 1 January, 3pm
Introducing Turner’s Sketchbooks and the Vaughan Bequest
Adrian Le Harivel, National Gallery of Ireland

Tuesday 3 January, 10.30am
Romantic Landscape and the Influence of Claude on Turner
Carla Briggs, University College Dublin

Sunday 8 January, 3pm
Romanticism in Blake, Constable and Turner
Dr Ciarán Woods, Art Historian

Tuesday 10 January 10.30am
The Mary A. McNeill Bequest of Silhouettes and Miniatures
Anne Hodge, National Gallery of Ireland

Sunday 15 January, 3pm
Romantic Visions in Mendelssohn and Turner
Adrian Le Harivel, National Gallery of Ireland

Tuesday 17 January, 10.30am
Turner’s Watercolours represent a Light in the Darkness
Niamh MacNally, National Gallery of Ireland

Sunday 22 January, 3pm
Approaches to Painting in Watercolour
Eamon Coleman, Artist

Tuesday 24 January, 10.30am
Studies in Watercolour
Ruth O’Donnell, Artist

Sunday 29 January, 3pm
Images of Europe in the work of Turner
Dr Philip McEvansoneya, Trinity College Dublin

Tuesday 31 January, 10.30am
The Watercolour Society of Ireland
Pauline Doyle, Chairperson, The Watercolour Society of Ireland