1775 – 1851
The Turner Society
The Turner Society was founded in 1975 and has members worldwide. It is devoted to furthering the appreciation and understanding of the art of Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851), who was not only Britain’s greatest painter but arguably the finest landscape and marine painter ever. Turner was enormously prolific, producing some 550 oil paintings, over 2,000 highly detailed and finely finished watercolours, and some 30,000 works on paper. His bequest to the nation is without doubt the greatest artistic legacy ever bestowed upon the United Kingdom (it is housed in Tate Britain, London, except for a few key works kept at the National Gallery).
The Society regularly mounts lectures and informal talks given by the world’s leading experts on the painter; it organises out-of-hours viewings of important public exhibitions of his work, as well as visits to the Study Room at Tate Britain where the Turner Bequest works on paper are held; and it arranges trips to see private collections that include works by Turner. In addition, it publishes a fine magazine, Turner Society News, which goes to all members twice a year, and it works tirelessly to deepen awareness of the range and power of Turner’s astonishing genius.
We hope you will join us.
“If I could find anything
blacker than black I’d use it.”
BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
The Turner Society offers a full programme of events. These include lectures by leading experts on the artist; visits to the Clore Gallery for the Turner Collection in London; and trips to important private collections not generally open to the public.
Please note these events are only open to members of the Turner Society and their guests. If you wish to become a member click here.
Turner and Oxford
The Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD
The 37th Kurt Pantzer Memorial Lecture. The Senior Curator of European Art at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Colin Harrison will discuss Turner’s relationship with, and many depictions of, the City and University. Among the numerous exhibitions he has curated was ‘Turner’s Oxford’ in 2000.
Walk with Turner to Richmond Hill
Meet at Sandycombe Lodge, 40 Sandycoombe Road, Twickenham, TW1 2LR
Catherine Parry-Wingfield, chairman of Turner’s House Trust, will lead this walk from Turner’s country retreat to Richmond Hill. Lunch can be bought independently at the end of the walk or you may bring your own picnic. Walkers need to be reasonably fit.
Lawrence as Portraitist to the Congress of Vienna
Conference Rooms, St James’s, Piccadilly, London SW1J 9LL (access via Church Place at the east end of the church)
Lecture by Andrew Wilton.Thomas Lawrence was a virtuoso – the equivalent in portraiture of Turner in landscape – and they were contemporaries. By 1814 when the Allied leaders came to London to celebrate Napoleon’s defeat, it was appropriate that Lawrence should record them for posterity. His spectacular series of likenesses, finished in Vienna and Rome, was later assembled in the Waterloo Chamber at Windsor Castle, one of the greatest achievements of any British painter.