Turner and the Monro Masters passes on the inspiration at Sheffield's Graves Gallery

By Culture24 Reporter | 16 October 2012
An image of an old masters landscape painting by JMW Turner
JMW Turner, Brinkburn Priory (circa 1832)© Museums Sheffield
Exhibition Preview: Turner and the Monro Masters, Graves Gallery, Sheffield, until April 13 2013

This small Museums Sheffield exhibition concentrates on four of the city's most influential watercolour masters – JMW Turner, Thomas Girtin, Peter De Wint and John Sell Cotman, all of whom attended the School of Munro, an informal centre of excellence at the home of Dr Thomas Monro.

A physician, amateur artist, collector and art patron, Monro paid his talented visitors to copy watercolours from his collection. Turner and Girtin did so collaboratively, with Girtin drawing the outlines of works by John Robert Cozens and Turner filling them in with colour washes.

De Wint and Sell Cotman came from a slightly younger generation who learned from the expert brushwork of Girtin and Turner. The canvasses they left behind retain the power to similarly inspire 21st century practitioners.

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