- 1st − 31st January 2012 | Scottish National Gallery
Vaughan’s decision to ensure that part of his collection should go to Edinburgh may have been prompted by knowledge that although Turner visited Scotland on six occasions, and these experiences were a source of profound inspiration to him, his work was very poorly represented there.
The exhibition of the Vaughan Bequest of Turner’s drawings and watercolours every January since 1900 has become an extraordinarily popular event, which lifts the spirits during the dark days of an Edinburgh winter. His works have also formed the basis of a growing collection, as they have undoubtedly prompted important subsequent gifts. These, along with major acquisitions, such as Turner’s spectacular watercolour Bell Rock Lighthouse and two illustrations he made for Scott’s provincial Antiquities and Picturesque Scenery of Scotland, mean that the National Gallery of Scotland is now a vital stop for any admirer of the artist’s work.