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Visitors sketching paintings in the Turner Collection at Tate Britain

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9 rooms in Turner Collection

John Constable, Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows  exhibited 1831

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Joseph Mallord William Turner, Norham Castle, Sunrise  c.1845

Norham sits on the river Tweed in Northumberland, on the English side of the border with Scotland. Turner first saw Norham castle in 1797, during his first tour of northern Britain. He returned to the ruins in 1801 and 1831, creating work after each visit. Turner made this unfinished canvas late in his career. He uses colour to express the blazing light that merges the building and the landscape. It is one of a group of paintings Turner based on compositions from his ‘Liber Studiorum’ (‘Book of Studies’) (1807–19). This was Turner’s set of 70 engravings he had made from his watercolour compositions.

Gallery label, July 2020

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Joseph Mallord William Turner, Snow Storm: Hannibal and his Army Crossing the Alps  exhibited 1812

Hannibal Barca was a Commander of the Carthaginian army in 200-100 BC. He was a celebrated military leader. Although he is referenced in the title of this work, Hannibal himself is not pictured. Rather than focus on an individual leader, this work expresses human’s vulnerability when faced with the power of nature. The attention is on the victims of the conflict, the soldiers struggling in the harsh conditions.

Gallery label, August 2019

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Joseph Mallord William Turner, The Shipwreck  exhibited 1805

Turner had a lifelong passion for the sea. Shipwrecks and other disasters were a popular theme when Turner painted this. They demonstrated the powerful forces of the elements and the fears of those who travelled far from home. We don’t know whether this painting was inspired by an actual shipwreck. Turner demonstrates the trauma and horror of a shipwreck with dramatic realism. These dark colours are common in Turner’s early paintings. They provide a contrast to the white crests of the waves.

Gallery label, July 2020

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Highlights

T13896: Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows
John Constable Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows exhibited 1831
N01981: Norham Castle, Sunrise
Joseph Mallord William Turner Norham Castle, Sunrise c.1845
N00490: Snow Storm: Hannibal and his Army Crossing the Alps
Joseph Mallord William Turner Snow Storm: Hannibal and his Army Crossing the Alps exhibited 1812
N00476: The Shipwreck
Joseph Mallord William Turner The Shipwreck exhibited 1805

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