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In Focus: The Vaughan Turners

Online talk Joining details available via the Friends newsletter
  • Thursday 31 December


J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) was one of the most brilliant and prolific of all British artists. The finest of his magnificent watercolours in the National Galleries of Scotland, which are renowned for their excellent state of preservation, were bequeathed by the distinguished collector Henry Vaughan (1809-99). In this short talk, Christopher Baker, Director of European and Scottish Art and Portraiture, will consider Vaughan's taste and focus on some highlights from his collection.

The Vaughan bequest has been exhibited every year for over a century. Exceptionally, in 2021, because of the need to maintain distancing and protect visitors and staff, only a selection of major works from the bequest will be displayed at the Scottish National Gallery from 1 to 31 January. The full bequest can, however, be viewed on our website.

This talk will be available from Thursday 31 December via our Friends email newsletter. It is part of a new series of exclusive online talks providing our Friends events programme in a different format. There will be two per month, with each remaining available for two weeks so you can choose when you would like to watch them.

No booking or advance registration is required in order to view these free Friends-only talks. The links to view them will be sent out each fortnight as part of our email newsletter. If you have a Friends membership but do not currently receive our Friends email newsletter, please contact [email protected] to sign up.

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Piazzetta, Venice About 1835
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