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.

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.

A Close Look at Turner’s Harbor of Dieppe

Link to video for Turner exhibition

Susan Grace Galassi, Senior Curator at The Frick Collection, provides a close look at J.M.W. Turner’s Harbor of Dieppe: Changement de Domicile, one of the centerpieces of the exhibition Turner’s Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages through Time, on view at the Frick from February 23 through May 14, 2017.

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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