While I was in Dublin I had the pleasure of visiting the National Gallery of Ireland, http://www.nationalgallery.ie/ to see a collection of 31 watercolours bequeathed to the Gallery by the art collector Henry Vaughan in 1900. The conditions of Vaughan's was that the drawings should be: 'exhibited to the public all at one time free of charge during the month of January.' These conditions are still adhered to today and as a result the works have remained in good condition, with their vibrant colours. I was lucky enough to have had the chance to admire Turner's pieces at the beginning of January before leaving Ireland.
J. W. M. Turner (1775-1851), was an English Romanticist landscape painter. During his artistic period, Turner was considered controversial, however, today he is renowned for taking landscape painting and elevating to match that of historical painting. Although, he is most well-known for his oil paintings, he was also a great master of watercolour, as seen in the collection in the National Gallery of Ireland. Turner's talent was recognized early in his career, which gave him financial independence, unlike many artists of his day. The art critic John Ruskin described him as as the artist who could most "stirringly and truthfully measure the moods of nature."
Below are some photos from the exhibition: