Collection: Turner & Place: Landscapes in Light and Detail

1–31 January 2022 
Print Gallery | Admission free 
(book your free entry ticket in advance)

In January, visit the annual Turner exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland. In 1900, the Gallery received a bequest of 31 watercolours and drawings by J.M.W. Turner (1775–1851) from the English collector Henry Vaughan. Vaughan stipulated in his will that the watercolours be exhibited every year, free of charge, for the month of January, when the light is at its weakest. Since 1901, the Gallery has displayed the watercolours for the first month of the year. 

In 2022, this exquisite collection of light-filled watercolours by Turner is shown alongside a group of topographical drawings by the English artist Francis Place (1647–1728), who visited Ireland in the summer of 1698. Place’s detailed views – offering a rare glimpse of seventeenth-century Ireland – are the earliest known depictions of Drogheda, Dublin, Kilkenny, and Waterford in the national collection. 

Curator: Niamh MacNally


Plan your visit:

  • You'll need to book a free general admission ticket.
  • This exhibition takes place in the Print Gallery which is a small space. We have limited capacity to ensure the safety of all visitors.
  • You may be asked to queue to enter the exhibition. Please bear with us as we try to accommodate all of our loyal visitors.
  • If you can, visit the exhibition during quieter times e.g. midweek or in the morning.
  • If you are unable to visit the Gallery, you can enjoy a virtual version of the exhibition on our website. The virtual exhibition will be available on this web page for the month of January.

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