Turner & Place: Landscapes in Light and Detail

A watercolour by J.M.W. Turner showing purple storm clouds at the mouth of the Grand Canal in Venice and a gondola in the foreground.
Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851), Storm at the Mouth of the Grand Canal, Venice, c.1840. Image © National Gallery of IrelandCredit

1–31 January 2022 
Print Gallery | Admission free

In January, visit the annual Turner exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland. In 1900, the Gallery received a bequest of 31 watercolours and drawings by J.M.W. Turner (1775–1851) from the English collector Henry Vaughan. Vaughan stipulated in his will that the watercolours be exhibited every year, free of charge, for the month of January, when the light is at its weakest. Since 1901, the Gallery has displayed the watercolours for the first month of the year. 

In 2022, this exquisite collection of light-filled watercolours by Turner is shown alongside a group of topographical drawings by the English artist Francis Place (1647–1728), who visited Ireland in the summer of 1698. Place’s detailed views – offering a rare glimpse of seventeenth-century Ireland – are the earliest known depictions of Drogheda, Dublin, Kilkenny, and Waterford in the national collection. 

Curator: Niamh MacNally

Virtual exhibition

For those of you who are unable to visit the Gallery in person, or if you simply want to spend more time looking at the works, you can explore the exhibition online for the month January.

Tips for using the virtual exhibition

On desktop:

  • Use your mouse to click and drag to move around the space.
  • Double click on the virtual exhibition to view it full screen. Press ESC on your keyboard to exit full-screen mode.
  • Click on any artwork to view a larger image and to read its accompanying descriptive text.
  • Click on any wall text panel to enlarge it for reading.

On a mobile device:

  • Double tap to move between the rooms.
  • Swipe along the screen to look around the space.
  • Pinch the screen to zoom in/out.
  • Tap on an artwork to view a larger image and to read its accompanying descriptive text.
  • Tap on any wall text panel to enlarge it for reading.

Upcoming online events:

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