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Colour and Line: Turner's experiments

The works on display change every 6 months, until 30th April 2012

Discover how Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851) revolutionised two different kinds of image-making: watercolour and print.

Colour and Line: Turner's experiments is a two-room display featuring works on paper by Turner, with a variety of experiments and interactive displays exploring his working methods and techniques.


Learn more about printmaking and see the extraordinary care Turner took to produce the finest prints of his time. You can also experience the scientific experiments with colour which formed a vital background to his work.

See the changes in Turner’s watercolour palette as he travelled across Europe, responding to different light effects, and using newly-developed colours and paints. Find out how Turner worked, as well as trying some of his drawing techniques for yourself .

Tate Britain
Millbank
London SW1P 4RG