JMW Turner (1775–1851) was perhaps the most prolific and innovative of all British artists. Turner in January showcases thirty-eight of the artist’s watercolours, providing a remarkable overview of many of the most important aspects of Turner’s career.
Bequeathed to the Gallery in 1899 by the distinguished collector Henry Vaughan, these outstanding works have been exhibited, as he requested, every January for the last 110 years. Vaughan wanted to limit their exposure to light so that they would be conserved; consequently, they are renowned for their excellent state of preservation.
The watercolours allow the visitor to travel with the artist, to discover the ‘sublime’ mountainous landscapes of Wales, Scotland and the Alps, and also to admire one of the highpoints of Turner’s maturity – the inspiration he drew from the light and art of Venice.