Paths to Fame:
Turner Watercolours from The Courtauld

30 October 2008 – 25 January 2009

JMW Turner: Dawn after the Wreck (detail)

This exhibition is the first full display of The Courtauld Gallery’s outstanding collection of watercolours by J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). The works span the artist’s career from important early landscapes made when he was a teenager, to the highly finished watercolours and his celebrated expressive late works.


The works form The Courtauld Gallery are supplemented by closely related loans from Tate and private collections, enabling viewers to see the development of some compositions from early sketches and exploratory ‘colour beginnings’ to finished watercolours and published prints.

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