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Turner and Place Exhibition at the National Gallery

  • 19 Jan 2022
  • 11:00 AM
  • National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

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A watercolour by J.M.W. Turner showing purple storm clouds at the mouth of the Grand Canal in Venice and a gondola in the foreground.

Join AWCD as we visit the annual Turner exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland. In 1900, the Gallery received a bequest of 31 watercolours and drawings by J.M.W. Turner (1775–1851) from the English collector Henry Vaughan. Vaughan stipulated in his will that the watercolours be exhibited every year, free of charge, for the month of January, when the light is at its weakest. Since 1901, the Gallery has displayed the watercolours for the first month of the year. 

In 2022, this exquisite collection of light-filled watercolours by Turner is shown alongside a group of topographical drawings by the English artist Francis Place (1647–1728), who visited Ireland in the summer of 1698. Place’s detailed views – offering a rare glimpse of seventeenth-century Ireland – are the earliest known depictions of Drogheda, Dublin, Kilkenny, and Waterford in the national collection.

Note:  This is not a guided tour.  Our AWCD group will queue for this exhibition at 11:00.  Afterwards, members are free to view the rest of the National Gallery at your leisure. 

  • This exhibition takes place in the Print Gallery which is a small space. The museum have limited capacity to ensure the safety of all visitors.
  • We may be asked to queue to enter the exhibition, with a wait time of up to 20 minutes. The museum requests that we please bear with them as they try to accommodate all visitors.

*This event is limited to 6 people

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