Find out about a great Romantic artist
Landscape and history painter, master draughtsman and watercolourist, tireless traveller, poet and teacher, J.M.W. Turner (1775–1851) exemplifies the energy, imagination and enquiring spirit of his time. For his admirer John Ruskin he was ‘the greatest of the age’.
Explore the world’s largest collection of Turner’s sketchbooks, drawings and watercolours and its unique insights into the artist’s mind and creative process. Follow him as he toured Britain and Europe, discovered new subjects, styles and techniques, and developed his pictures, poetry and prints.
About the project
J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours is a growing catalogue of the many thousands of original works on paper in Tate’s collection, drawn mainly from Turner’s bequest of his collection to the nation.
Divided into five sections covering different phases in Turner’s career, the catalogue consists of thematic groupings of works, arranged chronologically and by subject. Entries on the groupings and individual works provide detailed commentaries, exhibition and publication histories, and information about the media and materials used.
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