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Looking over the Artist`s Shoulder: Italian Sketchbook of J.M.W. Turner, By Nicola Moorby

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.


During the 18th and 19th centuries Italy was the country of every artist' dreams. This lecture recreates a visual tour of Italy in the company of J.M.W. Turner by studying rarely seen drawings from his travel sketchbooks and following in his footsteps through Venice, Rome, Tivoli and Naples.

Two sketches of a road within mountains and one of a church above a lake, near Avigliana