The National Gallery of Ireland opens Turner: The Vaughan Bequest
The National Gallery of Ireland presents Turner: The Vaughan Bequest an exhibition on view 1 – 31 January 2014.
The Vaughan Bequest of 31 watercolours and drawings by Turner was presented to the Gallery in 1900 by the English collector, Henry Vaughan (1809-99). The collection covers all periods of the artist’s career, including topographical scenes and expressive images from his later European tours.
Henry Vaughan was born in Southwark, London in 1809. His father, a wealthy hat manufacturer, died in 1828 leaving his son a great fortune. Henry became a cultivated collector of art, gradually building up a magnificent collection. He patronised living artists and was described by Ruskin as ‘a great Turner man’. When he died unmarried in 1899 aged 90, his art collection was distributed among the major public museums. The bulk of his outstanding group of Turner watercolours was divided between the National Gallery of Scotland (38) and the National Gallery of Ireland (31). The Vaughan Bequest of Turner watercolours were bequeathed to the National Gallery of Ireland in 1900.
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