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Turner and the Sea - National Maritime Museum

Exhibition preview

TURNER’S dramatic depictions of sunsets, storms and shipwrecks, which revolutionized maritime art and have since become some of Britain’s best-loved paintings, are the subject of a new exhibition.

Entitled Turner and the Sea, it will be on display at the National Maritime Museum from November 22, 2013 to April 21, 2014.

This landmark exhibition celebrates Turner’s lifelong fascination with the sea, bringing together an outstanding collection of masterpieces from around the world including The Fighting Temeraire, voted ‘Britain’s favourite painting’, and Wreck of a Transport Ship, not seen in the UK for nearly 40 years.

Visitors can explore Turner’s pioneering and often controversial approach in capturing the beauty and power of seascapes, alongside iconic works by other great artists including van de Velde, Vernet, Constable and Gainsborough.

Visitors will also be able to appreciate Turner’s experimental style in depicting the sea’s many moods and dramas with extraordinary effects of light and colour, conveying atmosphere and feeling as much as physical form.

Turner and the Sea is supported by a programme of events for all ages. For more information visit

National Maritime Museum, Park Row, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF