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.
The Vaughan Bequest of Turner Watercolours
National Gallery of Scotland, The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL
Charlotte Topsfield, the Gallery’s senior curator in charge of British prints and drawings, will provide us with private access to the annual January display of the Vaughan Bequest at the National Gallery of Scotland. The Gallery will open to the public at 10 a.m. and it will, of course, be possible to remain there after the conclusion of the private view.
‘Turner’s Ship Models’
Study Room, Clore Gallery for the Turner Collection, Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG
Talk by Pieter van der Merwe.
Our Vice-chairman Pieter van der Merwe will show us the ship models once owned by Turner (which formed the subject of his recent article in TSN 124) together with a selection of associated maritime material held by Tate Britain.
‘The Rhine Revisited’
Paul Mellon Centre for British Art, 16 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3JA
The 38th Kurt Pantzer Memorial Lecture by Cecilia Powell. Turner’s travels along the Rhine and its tributaries, together with his many depictions of the area, were the subject of Cecilia Powell’s research at the Clore Gallery in 1989–90. The bicentenary of Turner’s first visit to the Rhineland in 1817 provides an opportunity to review our understanding of that tour.