Turner & the Sea at National Maritime Museum

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The Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805 by J.M.W. Turner, 1823–24, oil on canvas © National Maritime Museum (Greenwich Hospital Collection)


Turner & the Sea is the first full-scale exhibition devoted to JMW Turner's lifelong fascination with the sea.

Turner spent much of his life along the coasts of Britain and Europe, and enjoyed fishing on the river Thames. He once reportedly tied himself to the mast of a ship in order to paint a storm at sea.

There are more than 120 pieces on display at the National Maritime Museum, including:

  • The Fighting Temeraire (1839)
  • Snow Storm – Steam-Boat off a Harbour's Mouth (1842)
  • Staffa, Fingal's Cave (1832)
  • Now for the Painter (1827)
  • Keelmen Heaving in Coals by Moonlight (1835)
  • Whalers (c 1845)
  • Calais Pier (1803)

Other highlights include The Battle of Trafalgar (1824), Turner's largest painting and only royal commission; Fishermen at Sea, the first oil painting Turner exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts; and The Wreck of a Transport Ship (c 1810), which hasn't been shown in London since the 1970s.

You'll see oils, watercolours, prints and sketches by Turner alongside works by other major British and European artists, including Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable.

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Turner & the Sea will stay open until 8pm every Thursday until it closes in April

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Adult Ticket: £9.00 to £10.00 (USD15.11)  per ticket
Child Ticket: £4.50 to £5.00 (USD7.55)  per ticket
Concession Ticket: £7.20 to £8.00 (USD12.08)  per ticket

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Children = 16 and under

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