Special Tour | J. M. W. Turner

Free admission

Join our museum docent for a special tour exploring the prolific career of J. M. W. Turner, the preeminent landscape painter of his generation and today regarded among the most important of all British artists.


The Yale Center for British Art is home to the most extensive and important collection of works by Turner outside of the United Kingdom. Discover major oil paintings on view in the fourth-floor galleries, including Dort (1818) and Staffa, Fingal’s Cave (1831–32), along with sketchbook drawings, color studies, finished watercolors, and prints. Twenty rarely displayed works on paper will be on view in the museum’s Study Room during the afternoon.


This tour and Study Room Open House display are offered in conjunction with Yale University’s 2022 Windham-Campbell Prizes Festival. Prize recipient Winsome Pinnock will speak in the YCBA Lecture Hall from 4-5 pm. Pinnock’s most recent play, Rockets and Blue Lights, takes the audience on a deep dive into Turner’s painting The Slave Ship, asking questions about received and shared history.


Tours meet in the Entrance Court.