Joseph Mallord William Turner

Past Exhibition: Mortlake Terrace

Painting of pastoral estate by a river lined with trees.
Mortlake Terrace: Turner’s Companion Pieces Reunited
October 8, 1996 to May 11, 1997

On loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Joseph Mallord William Turner's Mortlake Terrace, Summer’s Evening of 1827 hung for six months beside its companion piece, The Frick Collection's Mortlake Terrace: Early Summer Morning, executed a year earlier. Both were painted for William Moffatt and depict The Limes, Moffatt's home overlooking the Thames at Mortlake, near Kew Gardens to the west of central London.

Cocktails with a Curator: Turner's 'Harbor of Dieppe'

screenshot of Xavier Salomon speaking alongside oil painting of harbor scene

In this episode of "Cocktails with a Curator," Xavier F. Salomon, Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, discusses the French port city depicted in J. M. W. Turner's painting “Harbor of Dieppe: Changement de Domicile,” and how the artist’s extensive travel throughout Europe helped to develop his affinity for harbors. The complementary cocktail is the Widow's Kiss, a French drink traditionally given to women who had lost their husbands at sea.

Cocktail Recipe

Itay Sapir: "The Rise and Fall of Civilizations: Seaports from Claude to Turner"

photo of Itay Sapir giving lecture at Frick Collection

The pictorial representation of seaports has a long history prior to Turner’s works, which are the focus of the special exhibition Turner’s Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages through Time. One antecedent the artist explicitly refers to is the treatment of the theme by Claude Lorrain in the seventeenth century. This talk seeks to elucidate the deeper resonances — anthropological, historiographical, and philosophical — that both painters gave this ostensibly mundane subject.


Susan Grace Galassi: "Home Port: Dieppe and Cologne in The Frick Collection"

Link to video of Susan Grace Galassi lecture

The grand-scale port scenes of Dieppe and Cologne that J. M. W. Turner painted in the mid-1820s are generally recognized as a turning point in his career. Combining on-site observation with inspiration from past masters and literary sources, Turner shocked the public and critics alike with the canvases’ brilliant golden light when he exhibited them at the Royal Academy in 1825 and 1826, respectively. This lecture explores how these two masterworks offer a clear statement of the direction Turner was taking landscape painting as the most original artist of his time.

Turner's Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages Through Time

Link to video for Turner exhibition

Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851), nineteenth-century Britain’s greatest land- and seascape artist, depicted ports throughout his career, both in monumental oil paintings and in watercolors. An insatiable traveler and an artist with a deep fascination with light, topography, and local traditions, as well as with classical antiquity, Turner brought an innovative approach to the depiction of both modern and ancient ports.

Joseph Mallord William Turner, "The Harbor of Dieppe"

Link to video about Joseph Mallord William Turner's painting, 'The Harbor of Dieppe'

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