Thursday 29 September 2016

JMW Turner's Thames boat journey to be recreated to mark new exhibition

Published 23/10/2015 | 14:46

The Thames boat journey will be recreated to mark the launch of a new exhibition at the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate, Kent
The Thames boat journey will be recreated to mark the launch of a new exhibition at the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate, Kent

A boat journey taken by renowned romantic artist JMW Turner along the River Thames is to be recreated to launch a new exhibition of his work.

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The Waverley will voyage from London along the coast of Kent to Margate, home of the Turner Contemporary, next year to celebrate the gallery's fifth anniversary.

The boat, with up to 90 people on board, will follow the route first taken by the artist as a boy, at the start of the Turner and Colour exhibition in October.

A gallery spokeswoman said: "Turner first came to Margate aged 11, having been sent by his parents to school in Love Lane in Margate Old Town. He returned to sketch there aged 21 and from the 1820s onwards became a regular visitor.

"His connection with the seaside town was the founding inspiration for Turner Contemporary. The artist loved Margate for the sea, the skies, and his landlady Mrs Booth."

Turner and the widowed Mrs Booth began a love affair in Margate where she is now immortalised in his bronze shell lady sculpture, which resides at the end of the Harbour Arm.

The gallery said Turner and Colour will be the largest exhibition of the artist's work in the UK, featuring more than 70 paintings, including the fullest collection of the artist's watercolours of Margate.

The 2016 programme will also include works by Barbara Hepworth, Anish Kapoor and Ben Richardson amongst others.

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