From 10 September 2014 – 25 January 2015, Late Turner – Painting Set Free showcases the extraordinary work J.M.W. Turner created between 1835 and his death in 1851. Highlights of the exhibition include such important pictures as Ancient Rome; Agrippina Landing with the Ashes of Germanicus and Modern Rome – Campo Vaccino, rarely reunited since first exhibited together in 1839; The Wreck Buoy of 1849; and watercolours including Heidelberg: Sunset c.1840 and the seldom-seen Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland c.1837.
The show also brings together major series of works including a group of unusual square pictures. Newly identified watercolours of a fire at the Tower of London in 1841 are shown with the painting Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons 1835 and the exhibition concludes with Turner’s last exhibited pictures from 1850, depicting the classical lovers Dido and Aeneas.
The exhibition is curated by Sam Smiles, Professor of Art History and Visual Culture, Exeter University, with David Blayney Brown and Amy Concannon from Tate Britain.