Turner And The Thames

A talk by Matthew Morgan for the Chiswick Pier Trust

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The next event in the series of lectures organised by the Chiswick Pier Trust is 'Turner and the Thames'; a talk by Matthew Morgan on 24 November 2015 at 7.30pm.

JMW Turner had a lifelong working relationship with the Thames.

He was born close to the Thames at Covent Garden and died in a house on the banks of the river in Chelsea.

The Fightine Temeraire; image courtesy National Gallery

Perhaps not so well known are his local links to the river. At the age of 10, Turner was sent to Brentford to live with his uncle William Marshall, a butcher who lived in a cottage in the Market Place next door to the White Horse Public House. Between 1805 and 1806 he lived at Ferry House in Isleworth and sketched and painted scenes along the Thames and around Syon. He then moved just downstream from Chiswick Pier to Hammersmith for a short period and later bought land in St Margarets and had Sandycombe Lodge built as a home for his father until he became too frail to take care of himself.

Despite extensive travels throughout Europe he always returned to the theme of the river and from his first watercolours to his late works he was frequently inspired by the river.

In this lecture Matthew Morgan explores the profound influence of the Thames on Turner's work.
Matthew Morgan is Adult Learning Officer at the National Gallery. He has been an associate lecturer at Birkbeck College, University of London and a Director at Christie's. He is currently completing his PhD on Art Museums in Las Vegas.

Doors open at 7pm and the talk will start at 7.30pm. Tickets are £3, or free to members of the Chiswick Pier Trust. Refreshments will be available.

For further information on the Pier and how to get there, contact the Chiswick Pier Trust 020 8742 2713, follow on Twitter or visit www.chiswickpier.org.uk .

November 17, 2015

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