A Groundbreaking Art Exhibition Is Opening In JMW Turner’s Former Home Next Month

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A Groundbreaking Art Exhibition Is Opening In JMW Turner’s Former Home Next Month

Come and witness the vast ocean of Turner’s maritime watercolours!

Over the last few months, plenty of Londoners have undoubtedly been at a loss without the busy hustle and bustle of their normal social lives. [Featured Image: Tate].

And, for many, that always means taking in all the cultural activities the city have to offer; constantly brimming with more stunning exhibits and installations than one could ever need! Well now, the end is partially in sight, with galleries and exhibitions expected to be permitted to open their displays to the public on May 17.

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For all the deprived art lovers, now is probably all about frantically writing down the dates in the diary for every single post-lockdown exhibition ever. Well, let us turn you over here to this one–it’s a biggie.

A display of JMW Turner’s maritime watercolours and prints is opening on May 22 at the artist’s former residence in Twickenham. Turner’s English Coasts showcases the artist’s groundbreaking work on English marine and coastal subjects, from when he was living in his Sandycoombe Road residence between 1813-26.

At “Turner’s House”, which he designed and lived in, visitors will find display projects finances by professional engravers and publishers to those even instigated by the artist himself. These will include both successful pieces and more personal works. Turner’s beautiful paintings of the ocean–his most painted subject–are said to be what allowed him to achieve an international reputation.

In the 1800s, when JMW Turner produced these important works, the ocean was very much a crucial part of Britain’s existence – politically, commercially and culturally. There was constant fascination towards the risk of travelling through the sea, with Britain’s notoriously dangerous coastlines.

That captivation with the ocean is certain to strike a chord with viewers of the maritime exhibition in May. Turner’s English Coasts is due to run from May 22 to September 5 at Turner’s House.

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