Turner sketches

A Reach of the Avon with Sailing Ships being Towed between High Cliffs 1798 Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851 Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/D01659

Last week we went to London, and after T had found where he’s (now) working, we went to Tate Britain. I’d not been there before, and it was nice to see some art! They had some modern art there, which was just crap; like, plastic poles or whatever it was.

The thing I enjoyed the most was the Turner wing. I’ve never been very keen on Turner, not really sure why. But seeing his paintings in real life was amazing! Some of them seem very hazy, but then when you look closer there is a lot of detail in them too.

But the thing I liked the best was that some of his sketchbooks (and some of his painting materials) were on display. I just love looking at stuff like that! It makes me feel like I can almost see the artist work, you know, see what they’re thinking.

I really wish there had been more of the sketches on display, I would have loved to just spend a few hours looking at them. I’ve been looking to see if maybe some book had been published with them, but I can’t seem to find any.

‘The Black Boat’; Vignette Study for the Boat in ‘The Andes Coast’ for Campbell’s ‘Poetical Works’ circa 1835-6 Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851 Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/D27726
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