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  • Joseph Mallord William Turner, 'The Scarlet Sunset' circa 1830-40

    Joseph Mallord William Turner
    The Scarlet Sunset circa 1830-40
    Watercolour and gouache on paper
    support: 134 x 189 mm
    Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

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  • Joseph Mallord William Turner, 'A Hurricane in the Desert (The Simoom), for Rogers's 'Poems'' circa 1831-2

    Joseph Mallord William Turner
    A Hurricane in the Desert (The Simoom), for Rogers's 'Poems' circa 1831-2
    Pencil, watercolour and pen and ink
    support: 244 x 305 mm
    Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

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  • Joseph Mallord William Turner, 'A Fête-Champêtre: ?East Cowes Castle' 1827

    Joseph Mallord William Turner
    A Fte-Champtre: ?East Cowes Castle 1827
    Gouache on paper
    support: 142 x 191 mm
    Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

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  • Joseph Mallord William Turner, 'A Wreck (possibly related to 'Longships Lighthouse, Land's End')' circa 1835-40

    Joseph Mallord William Turner
    A Wreck (possibly related to 'Longships Lighthouse, Land's End') circa 1835-40
    Watercolour on paper
    support: 338 x 491 mm
    Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

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  • Joseph Mallord William Turner, 'Venice: Santa Maria della Salute, Night Scene with Rockets' circa 1840

    Joseph Mallord William Turner
    Venice: Santa Maria della Salute, Night Scene with Rockets circa 1840
    Watercolour and bodycolour on paper
    support: 240 x 315 mm
    Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

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  • Joseph Mallord William Turner, 'The Rigi: Last Rays' circa 1841-2

    Joseph Mallord William Turner
    The Rigi: Last Rays circa 1841-2
    Watercolour on paper
    support: 241 x 300 mm
    Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

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  • Joseph Mallord William Turner, 'The Burning of the Houses of Parliament' ?1834-5

    Joseph Mallord William Turner
    The Burning of the Houses of Parliament ?1834-5
    Watercolour and gouache on paper
    support: 302 x 444 mm
    Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

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  • Joseph Mallord William Turner, 'Fribourg' circa 1841

    Joseph Mallord William Turner
    Fribourg circa 1841
    Pencil and watercolour on paper
    support: 236 x 335 mm
    Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

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After J.M.W. Turner’s death in 1851, the contents of his studio became the property of the nation. The Turner Bequest comprises around 30,000 works of art on paper, including watercolours, drawings and 300 oil paintings. Most works in the Bequest are unfinished pieces or preparatory studies.

The Bequest provides a unique insight into Turner’s methods and documents his travels around Britain and Europe. In addition to mounted works, the Prints and Drawings Rooms hold 280 bound Turner sketchbooks.

Prints and Drawings Rooms

The full range of Turner Bequest prints and drawings in the collection can be surveyed in the Prints and Drawings Rooms.