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Turner: Art, Industry & Nostalgia

Mon – Sat, 10am – 4.30pm

Laing Art Gallery

JMW Turner’s 'The Fighting Temeraire', 1839, on loan from the National Gallery, forms the centrepiece of this exhibition which explores the rise of steam power and industry in Britain.

Turner: Art, Industry & Nostalgia includes over 20 works by Turner (1775 – 1851), one of Britain’s greatest and most prolific painters. The Fighting Temeraire, one of the artist’s best-known works, is a tribute to the ship HMS Temeraire, which played a distinguished role in The Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The painting shows the final journey of the ship as it is towed along the river Thames by a modern paddle-wheel steam tug in 1838, towards its final berth in Rotherhithe to be broken up for scrap.   

The subject is of particular relevance to the North East, with ship building still very much part of the identity of the region — and it is significant that the two steam tugboats that pulled the Temeraire in reality – the Samson and the London – were manufactured on Tyneside.   

The exhibition also features other important pieces by artists including Tacita Dean, Chris Killip, L.S. Lowry, and James McNeill Whistler.