Taking place in Edinburgh’s Royal Scottish Academy, JMW Turner’s watercolours from the Scottish national collection will be exhibited throughout the month of January in a free exhibition.
This collection of Turner watercolours was left to the nation in 1900 by the art collector Henry Vaughan. Since then, following Vaughan’s strict guidelines, they have only ever been displayed during the month of January, when natural light levels are at their lowest. Because of this, these watercolours still possess a freshness and an intensity of colour, almost 200 years since they were originally created.
Viewers will be able to enjoy around 40 watercolours featuring dramatic landscapes from the Himalayas, the Swiss Alps, the Isle of Skye and beyond.
New for 2024, the exhibition will also include a free new Audio Tour, available through Smaritfy.
Visitors can immerse themselves further into Turner’s work, giving fresh insights and expanding on the famous artworks.
This mesmerising exhibition captures the essence of the life and career of the 19th century artist, with the works on display covering the breadth of Turner’s artistic talents. In a career spanning 50 years, Turner developed new ways of painting in watercolour and revolutionised ideas of portraying the beauty of the natural world. Using an array of techniques and colour, he created works which continue to captivate and excite audiences today.
The exhibition has wheelchair access and for those with a blue badge, there is limited on street parking close by. For more details on parking bays see the City of Edinburgh Council website.
For full details on the exhibition see Turner in January.