Into the Mystic with J.M.W. Turner

Last week I showed a few photos of my sketchbook from my visit to see the Turner watercolor exhibit but that’s just the tip of a very large iceberg. You see, today I’m going to inundate you with photos I took of both the location and the exhibit itself. Fortunately photos were not only allowed but encouraged.

J.M.W. Turner… Joseph Mallord William Turner (23 April, 1775 – 19 December, 1851)

Turner01_MysticSeaportMuseumThompson

Turner02_MysticSeaportMuseumSign

Turner03_MysticSeaportMuseumTateSign

Turner04_MysticSeaporMuseumInterior

Turner05_MysticSeaportMuseumSignage

The Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, CT is perfect, located on the Mystic River just as it empties into Fishers Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean.  It seems William Turner, throughout his life was enamored of the sea and its seafaring vessels. The exhibit includes works spanning his life as early on he depicts architecture for his patrons while he transitions to studies of landscapes and light. All of these are awe-inspiring but I was particularly taken with his more atmospheric ethereal pieces done in his later years when he bucked society’s expectations and experimented and created for his own pleasure.

The photos that follow are roughly in chronological order and are heavily weighted to his later work that I love so much.  I’m not going to describe them but instead have captioned each work for reference.  Oh, and please excuse the reflections from the glass… you may want to google the captions to find better online images.

Turner07_LochLongMorning1801

Loch Long Morning 1801

Turner08a_DurhamCathedralTheInteriorLookingEastAlongTheSouthAisle1797-8

Durham Cathedral: The Interior, Looking East Along the South Aisle 1797-8

Turner08b_Blurb:DurhamCathedralTheInteriorLookingEastAlongTheSouthAisle1797-8

Turner09_BrentToorAndTheLydfordVelley,Devon1814-16

Brent Toor and the Lydford Valley, Devon 1814-16

Turner10a_AHulkOrHusksOnTheRiverTamar:Twilight1811-14

A Hulk or Husks on the River Tamar: Twilight 1811-14

Turner10b_Blurb:AHulkOrHusksOnTheRiverTamar:Twilight1811-14

Turner11_KirkbyLonsdale1817

Kirkby Lonsdale 1817

Turner12_ShieldsLighthouse1823-6

Shields Lighthouse 1823-6

Turner13a_Banditti,ForSamuelRogers'sItaly1826-7

Banditti, for Samuel Rogers’s Italy 1826-7

Turner13b_Blurb:Banditti,ForSamuelRogers'sItaly1826-7

Turner15_TheForum,ForRogers'sItaly1826-7

The Forum, for Rogers’s Italy 1826-7

Turner16a_Venice:SanGiorgioMaggiore-EarlyMorning1819

Venice: San Giorgio Maggiore – Early Morning 1819

Turner16b_Blurb:Venice:SanGiorgioMaggiore-EarlyMorning1819

Turner17_Marly-Sur-Seine:ColorBeginning1829-30

Marly-Sur-Seine: Color Beginning 1829-30

Turner18_AWreck,PossibleRelatedTo

A Wreck, Possibly Related to “Longships Lighthouse, Land’s End” 1834

Turner19_BamburghCastle,Northumberland1837

Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland 1837

Turner20_(Whitehaven),Cumbria1835-6

(Whitehaven), Cumbria 1835-6

Turner21a_CoastalTerrain1830-45

Coastal Terrain 1830-45

Turner21b_Blurb:CoastalTerrain1830-45

Turner22_SeaAndSky1845

Sea and Sky 1845

Turner23_Venice:LookingAcrossTheLagoonAtSunset1840

Venice: Looking Across the Lagoon at Sunset 1840

Turner24_Venice:AnImaginaryViewOfTheArsenale1840

Venice: An Imaginary View of the Arsenale 1840

Turner25_SeaAndSky1835

Sea and Sky 1835

Turner26_BrightonShoreLookingWest1824

Brighton Shore, Looking West 1824

Turner27a_AHarpoonedWhale1845

A Harpooned Whale 1845

Turner27b_Blurb:AHarpoonedWhale1845

Turner28_Beach,(EnglishCoast)1835

Beach, (English Coast) 1835

Turner29_(FlintCastle)1834

(Flint Castle) 1834

Turner30a_SketchbookAndLoosePapers1

Sketchbook and Loose Papers

Turner30b_SketchbookAndLoosePapers2Turner30c_SketchbookAndLoosePapers3

Turner30d_SketchbookAndLoosePapers4

Admission is to the entire Mystic Seaport Museum… its village, exhibitions, shipyard and vessels.

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And if you stay overnight and are as fortunate as we were to have a brisk sunny day you might just want to find a spot to walk the shore and enjoy the scenery.

Turner35_BluffPointCoastalReserve01

Turner36_BluffPointCoastalReserve02

The Turner Watercolor Exhibit continues at the Mystic Seaport Museum until Sunday, 23 February, 2020. 

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