For the first time ever, this exhibition explores J.M.W. Turner’s work produced on his various travels, stops and periods of residence on the Thames, Wey Navigation and in the county of Surrey, prior to the London boundary changes of 1889.

It will explore how Turner retreated into nature, capturing both the beauty of the landscape and its rustic elegance. Open air sketches highlighting his swiftness of hand and the changing effects of nature will sit alongside finished works, completed in the studio. Combining pencil and oil sketches, finished oils and watercolours, the exhibition will feature ‘Newark Abbey on the Wey’ and ‘View of Richmond Hill and Bridge’ from Tate, and ‘Thomson’s Aeolian Harp’ from Manchester Art Gallery. The exhibition will also give a rare opportunity to see personal possessions of the artist – his fishing rod, travelling watercolour box and watercolour palette – from The Royal Academy of Arts.

18 November 2017 – 4 March 2018
£4.50 Day Pass or £7.50 Annual Pass | Under 18s Free

Associated Events

Talk - Turner's Britain: Landscape, History and Society
Tues 28 Nov, 1.00pm | £6 Adults, £4 Friends 

Talk - Andrew Graham-Dixon: The Art of J.M.W. Turner
Thurs 7 Dec, 6.30pm drinks, 7.00pm talk, 8.15pm dinner
£25 for talk and drinks reception | £49.50 for talk, drinks reception and 3 course dinner

Talk - In Turner's Footsteps Along the Thames and Wey
Thursday 15 February, 7.00pm | £6 Adults, £4 Friends 

Talk - Turner and the 'Matchless Vale of Thames
Tuesday 27 February, 1.00pm | £6 Adults, £4 Friends

Tour of Turner in Surrey
Wednesday 22 November 2017, 12.30pm | Day or Annual Pass, Under 18s Free

Audio-described Tour of Turner in Surrey
Thursday 7 December 2017, 10.30am - 12.30am | Free Entry, Suggested Donation £2

Visit - Turner's House
Wednesday 24 January 2018, 11.45am | £25 Adult, £22 Friend

Image: J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851), Thomson's Aeolian Harp © Manchester Art Gallery, Bridgeman Images