On Wednesday 26th November, students taking the module Introduction to the Arts in Britain through English visited Tate Britain in London. While not a new destination it has been a while since we last visited.
We went to look at paintings by Turner at an exhibition called Late Turner – Paintings Set Free. These were works produced in the last 16 years of the artist’s life, a period described as “an extraordinary creative flowering”.
The exhibition featured paintings of Venice, watercolours and sketches from his tours in Europe, and many marine paintings. We were pleased to see The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons (1835), a painting we had looked at closely in class.
The trip was an opportunity to see other art works in Tate Britain’s collection. We looked at some paintings by Constable, who, along with Turner, was the major British landscape painter of the 19th century.
We were also able to see some paintings by the Pre-Raphaelites, following class input on Monday.
Later in the day, we walked from Tate Britain along the river to Waterloo. It was a good opportunity to see The Houses of Parliament, Whitehall – including the Cenotaph still with wreaths from Remembrance Day, and Trafalgar Square. We got some good views of London in the mist from the Golden Jubilee Bridge.