The painting that started appearing on £20 banknotes earlier this year will be one of the highlights of a new Turner exhibition, tickets for which are now on sale.

Tate Britain’s exhibition aims to show how JMW Turner found new ways to capture the momentous events of his day, from technology’s impact on the natural world to the effects of modernisation on society.

Turner lived through the later industrial revolution, observing and painting the transition from sail to steam and from manpower to mechanisation. Turner often faced up to these new challenges when many other artists of the time shied away.

Rain, Steam and Speed – the Great Western Railway, 1844 (c) The National Gallery, London

The exhibition will also present his recollections of wartime at home and his reflections on the reputations of Nelson, Napoleon and Wellington as well as on ordinary soldiers and civilians.

The exhibition will bring together 160 key works, including major loans as well as paintings and rarely seen drawings from the holdings of Tate’s Turner Bequest.

One of the highlights will be The Fighting Temeraire, the painting that was chosen to go on the new £20 banknote issued earlier this year. If you want to have a bit of fun and have Snapchat, go here, and you can make this banknote come alive.

Tickets for the Tate Britain exhibition are on sale now – it opens on 28th October and runs until 7th March 2021


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  1. JP says:

    Here at Luddite Towers we’re not entirely enamoured with all the guff apparently necessary to trawl through and all the intrusive access apparently required by the app before it will let one breathe the snappy air and enter the sunlit uplands of Chatsville USA.
    I appreciate that it’s not alone in this by any means, but I am still intrigued by the dancing Score note ~ or whatever it does (as long as it’s not one of those “look the Queen has a beard” type origami jinks).
    Any way to see it any other way perchance?

  2. John B says:

    I was amazed that the Science Museum had been allowed to borrow Rain, Steam and Speed for one of their exhibitions last year. I have a lovely 10 minutes alone next to it, where you could approach within inches to see the hare.

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