Event: Turner and the Sea
Location: National Maritime Museum, SE10
The artist JMW Turner had a life-long interest in the sea, which he painted time and time again. The exhibition Turner & the Sea is the first large-scale examination of his seascapes, painted at the height of Britain’s naval power, reflecting the nation’s great love affair with the sea.
The exhibition has borrowed paintings from around the world, from his earlier marine paintings such as Calais Pier (1803), The Shipwreck (1805) and the first oil painting he exhibited at the Royal Academy, The Wreck of a Transport Ship (c. 1810), to the last seascape he painted, The Wreck Buoy (1849), and includes his largest painting, The Battle of Trafalgar (1822-24).
The National Maritime Museum also has a large permanent collection of objects relating to Britain’s maritime history, including Nelson’s uniform that he wore at Trafalgar, ship models, maritime charts and ships’ figureheads. The museum also owns the two George Stubbs paintings of a dingo and kangaroo that were recently saved from export – the first paintings of Australian animals in Western art.
And Greenwich is home to the recently reopened Cutty Sark ship, as well as the Royal Observatory and the Meridian line.
The exhibition Turner & the Sea is on at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich from 22 Nov to 21 Apr 2014, open daily 10am to 4.30pm. NB. Closed 24 to 26 Dec.