Turner and the Sea (Past event)

The National Maritime Museum’s Turner and the Sea exhibition was the first to showcase the artist’s lifelong fascination with the sea. 

This landmark National Maritime Museum exhibition - which ran from 22 November 2013 to 21 April 2014 - brought together an outstanding collection of masterpieces from around the world. J.M.W. Turner is one of Britain’s best-loved artists, and Turner and the Sea was the first major exhibition of masterpieces showcasing his lifelong fascination with the sea.

Turner and the Sea exhibition highlights

Turner’s dramatic depictions of sunsets, storms and shipwrecks revolutionised maritime art. Highlight of the exhibition included 'The Fighting Temeraire', voted 'Britain's favourite painting', and 'Wreck of a Transport Ship', not seen in the UK for nearly 40 years.

The exhibition featured items on loan from some of the world’s most prestigious art institutions, including the Royal Collection Trust, National Gallery, British Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art and National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Other iconic works by great artists

Alongside Turner’s pioneering and often controversial approach in capturing the beauty and power of seascapes, visitors were able to enjoy iconic works by other great artists, including van de Velde, Vernet, Constable and Gainsborough.

The exhibition was generously supported by the Patrons of Royal Museums Greenwich.