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Turner vs. Constable: The Great British Paint-Off Nicola Moorby Thursday 21 March 2019

Our March Study Day will be held at Nayland Village Hall, Church Lane, Nayland CO6 4JH, 11.00 am - 3.00pm (coffee is served from 10.30am). There is a car park at the hall, and behind the hall on the meadow.   The cost  is £30 per person which includes coffee and biscuits and lunch. The booking form can be downloaded here

11.00 Lecture 1 – The ‘Signature’ Paints

This introductory lecture outlines the biographies of the two artists and traces their life stories from beginning to maturity, including those interesting moments when their paths crossed.

12.05 Lecture 2 – The Technical Challenge:  Sketches, Sketching and Sketchbooks

One of the ways Turner and Constable revolutionised landscape painting was through fresh approaches to the act of sketching, a process that went hand-in-hand with close observation of the natural world.   This talk explores their differing and preferred forms of sketching activity including drawing and painting on the spot.

2.00 Lecture 3 – The Hay Wain vs. The Fighting Temeraire: Late Style, Reputation and Legacy

The final session compares the two artists at the ends of their lives and reveals how their respective late periods differed radically from their earlier outputs.

Nicola Moorby is an independent art historian specialising in British art of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She studied at the University of York and Birkbeck College, London. Formerly a curator at Tate Britain she has curated a number of exhibitions and has published widely on J.M.W. Turner, including contributions to the forthcoming online catalogue of the Turner Bequest. She is also co-editor and author of How to Paint Like Turner (Tate Publishing, 2010). In addition, she has published on Walter Richard Sickert and is co-author of Tate's catalogue of works by the Camden Town Group.