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Turner and the Sea

Sunday 30 March 2014

1 Hour


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Art curator Christine Riding gives an illustrated talk on J M W Turner’s lifelong fascination with the sea. The talk and book, co-authored with history of art lecturer Richard Johns, coincide with a major new Turner exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in London.

Riding, senior curator of paintings and head of arts at the museum, looks at important but rarely seen works and throws new light on well-known seascapes such as The Fighting ‘Temeraire’, The Wreck of a Transport Ship and The Battle of Trafalgar. She examines Turner’s response to the work of his British contemporaries, John Constable, Augustus Wall Callcott and Richard Parkes Bonington; looks at what was at stake for maritime painting during the Napoleonic wars; and assesses Turner’s impact on later artists.