Joseph Mallord William Turner, 'The Blue Rigi, Sunrise' 1842

Joseph Mallord William Turner
The Blue Rigi, Sunrise 1842
Watercolour on paper
support: 297 x 450 mm
Purchased with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund (with a contribution from the Wolfson Foundation and including generous support from David and Susan Gradel, and from other members of the public through the Save the Blue Rigi appeal) Tate Members and other donors 2007

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Sadly this is my last blog post on the Watercolour exhibition at Tate Britain. Thank you to all those who have read the blogs over recent months. It has been most enjoyable writing them but also hugely rewarding to read the many hundreds of comments and thoughts that you have posted throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Alison Smith, lead curator of Watercolour and Curator (Head of British Art to 1900), Tate Britain. Watercolour is at Tate Britain until 21 August 2011



Are there any Walter Langley's in the collection? If not are there plans to acquire any?


A very good exhibition,displaying much about the medium. It was scandalous that Carl Haag was not featured,not even in any of the literature. Also the recipe he gave to Windsor and Newton about the permanence of different watercolours which he patiently studied and gave his findings to windsor and Newton also goes unnoticed. A serious omission

naomi hughes

I thought the Watercolour exhibition was magical. The mix of paintings was very good and putting the Girton White house at Chelsea next to the Turner Blue Riji was excellent.