Turner: The Vaughan Bequest

Turner: The Vaughan Bequest

Turner: The Vaughan Bequest 

1-31 January 2015

The Vaughan Bequest comprises a collection of 31 watercolours and drawings by Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851). The collection spans Turner’s early topographical scenes and expressive images from his later European tours. Henry Vaughan, the English collector who bequeathed these works, died unmarried in 1899, aged 90. He divided his Turner watercolours between the national galleries in London, Dublin and Edinburgh.  His bequest to the National Gallery of Ireland stipulated that the drawings should be exhibited to the public, free of charge, each January when the light is at its lowest level. The Gallery continues to adhere to the conditions of Vaughan’s bequest by showing these luminous watercolours for one month only. The exhibition this year displays the watercolours and drawings in their original frames.

On view in Room 7 (level 1). Admission free.


Talks

Sunday 11 January
3pm: Regency Life Through Turner’s Eyes
Adrian Le Harivel, NGI Curator
 
Tuesday 13 January
10.30am: New discoveries in the Turner Collection
Niamh MacNally, NGI Curator
 
Sunday 18 January
3pm Turner, the fisherman
Ranson Davey, NGI Paper Conservator
 
Sunday 25 January
3pm: Turner the Artist: Turner the Prize
Lynn McGrane, freelance art historian