Annual Turner Watercolours Return to National Gallery of Ireland

The annual Turner exhibition returns to the National Gallery of Ireland this month. Since 1901, the gallery has been displaying this collection of watercolours by J.M.W. Turner (1775–1851) at the request of English collector Henry Vaughan. In 1900, the gallery received a bequest of 31 watercolours from Vaughan. He stipulated in his will that they are exhibited annually free of charge, throughout the month of January. His wishes have been honoured ever since.

Turner’s works depict a number of stunning landscapes from different parts of the world, conveying movement through bodies of water – from the rush of the Italian River Velino (1794/97) to the storm-tossed waves at Plymouth Sound (c.1814).

Turner & Place: Landscapes in Light and Detail

This year, the collection is shown alongside a group of topographical drawings by the English artist Francis Place (1647–1728). Place’s pieces recall a visit to Ireland in the summer of 1698, depicting rare views of seventeenth-century Ireland. These are the earliest known illustrations of Drogheda, Dublin, Kilkenny and Waterford in the national collection.

In order to attend the exhibition, you’ll need to book a free general admission ticket, due to limited capacity. Alternatively, you can attend the Virtual Exhibition, allowing you to view all of these wonderful artworks from the comfort of your home.

For more information, check out this exhibition on the National Gallery of Ireland website, or call on (01) 661 5133.

Opening times

Monday: 11am – 5.30pm
Tuesday to Saturday: 9.45am – 5.30pm 
Sunday: 11.30am – 5.30pm

  • The queue to enter the Turner & Place exhibition closes at 4.30pm. This is to ensure that visitors are able to see the exhibition before the Gallery closes for the day.
Ava Farrelly
Ava Farrelly is a travel journalist for travel2ireland, ITTN and TravelTimes. With a background in arts, culture and lifestyle, Ava has a keen eye for the most visit-worthy destinations and all their attractions.

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