The master and the tyro: Turner as poet

Date and time

Monday 3 October, 1–1.45pm

Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Andrew Wilton


Admission free

Turner started to include lines of poetry in the titles of his paintings in 1798, and in 1812 he started to add his own verses from his epic poem Fallacies of Hope.

Turner was a great admirer of both ancient and contemporary poets, which remained a source of inspiration throughout his life. This lecture will examine how poetry, both his own and that of others, inspired Turner’s painting.

Andrew Wilton

Andrew Wilton is Visiting Research Fellow at Tate Britain, following a distinguished career at Tate, the British Museum, and Royal Academy of Arts. He was Honorary Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Royal Academy of Arts in 2003. At Tate he was Keeper and Senior Research Fellow from 1998 to 2002, Keeper of British Art from 1989 to 98 and Curator of the Turner Collection from 1985 to 1989. 

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Image above: Detail from Joseph Mallord William Turner, The Evening Star, about 1830