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Seeing Turner in the light of Claude

— April 2012

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JMW Turner, Keelmen Heaving in Coals by Night, 1835 Oil on canvas 92.3 x 122.8 cm

‘Turner Inspired: In the Light of Claude’ at London’s National Gallery inspires Rosa Somerville


This exhibition shows how Claude Lorrain (1600–82) influenced J.M.W. Turner (1775–1851) throughout his career and how, even at the end of his life, Turner still thought of things in a Claudian sort of way. The other angle is the relationship of the National Gallery and the Tate Gallery over the thorny problem of one of the most ample but awkward artist’s bequests of the...

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Media credit: Image courtesy of the Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC Widener Collection 1942.9.86


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