Archive for J.M.W. Turner

Burning of the Houses of Parliament, 1834

Posted in Painting with tags on October 16, 2015 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, 1834 (Cleveland)

The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, 16 October 1834, 1835
The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, 1834 (Philadelphia)

The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, October 16, 1834, 1834-35
The Philadelphia Museum of Art

On this date in 1834 the Old Palace of Westminster, for centuries the meeting place of the British Parliament, was destroyed in a catastrophic fire. The event is well-known to art lovers through the work of J.M.W. Turner who witnessed the conflagration and captured his impressions in two spectacular oil paintings and a large-scale, virtuoso watercolour. I was interested to discover today that the well-known series of watercolour sketches formerly identified as depictions of this event have been recently re-identified as portraying the devastating fire at the Tower of London in 1841.

The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, 1834 (Tate)

The Burning of the Houses of Parliament, c.1834–5
Tate Collections

Watteau Study by Fresnoy’s Rules, c. 1831

Posted in Painting with tags , on October 16, 2015 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Watteau Study by Fresnoy’s Rules, c. 1831

In this imaginative tribute to Watteau, Turner shows the artist at work surrounded by his own paintings. It was around this time that Rococo artists like Watteau were rediscovered after a long interval of disdainful neglect.

Watteau Study by Fresnoy’s Rules, c. 1831-detail

detail

Painting from the Tate Collections

Turner at the Acropolis

Posted in Greece, Painting with tags , , , on October 7, 2015 by Dylan Thomas Hayden



Sadly, as previously noted on Tigerloaf, England’s greatest painter never visited the Cradle of the Arts. This highly Romantic vision of the Acropolis was achieved in 1830, based on a drawing by the architect Thomas Allason and coloured by Turner’s vivid sensibility. Two years later it was engraved by John Cousen for publication in Finden’s Illustrations of the Life and Works of Lord Byron.

Images from the Tate Collections

The Wreck Buoy, c. 1807

Posted in Painting with tags on September 19, 2015 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Athens: the Acropolis, c.1830

Posted in Greece, Painting with tags , on September 18, 2015 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Another of Turner’s imaginative views of Greece, from the Tate.

Turner in Greece

Posted in Greece, Painting with tags , on September 10, 2015 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

The Temple of Poseidon at Sunium, c. 1834
Actually England’s greatest painter, whose tireless search for scenes and subjects took him on dozens of prolific painting tours through the Continent, never reached the home of the Gods. This Romantic view of the Temple of Poseidon at “holy Sounion, cape of Athens” is none the worse for having been based on the drawings and descriptions of visitors to the site. The watercolour which resides in the Tate was completed around 1834, perhaps as an expression of sympathy with the newly independent Kingdom of Greece.