‘I have seen Turner several times – and have been in that wonderful old house…where on faded walls hardly weather tight – and among bits of old furniture thick with dust like a place that has been forsaken for years, were those brilliant pictures all glowing with sunshine and colour…’
– Lady Trevelyan in a letter to Dr John Brown, (7 October, ?1852)
Although written much later (when the gallery had seen better days) Lady Trevelyan’s description gives us a sense of what a visit to Turner’s Gallery would have been like.
George Jones’s painting of the gallery, along with research carried out by Dr Selby Whittingham, were used to create a virtual reconstruction of Turner’s Gallery and its display of artworks in 2001.
See the paintings on display
Use the links below to find out more about the works Turner chose to display in his gallery: