London’s Courtauld Institute has received the most significant addition to its collection of works on paper in more than 25 years, including eight important paintings by JMW Turner (1775-1851). The bequest of 51 works is from the estate of art collector Dorothy Scharf, who died in 2004, and includes watercolours executed between 1750 and 1850, the so-called "Golden Age" of British watercolour painting.
The group of eight Turner watercolours includes Seelisburg by Moonlight and a vivid depiction of Margate Pier, a painting owned by John Ruskin and later by Franklin D. Roosevelt. They join 22 other works by Turner at the Courtauld and will be revealed to the public in an exhibition planned at the gallery for October 2008.
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Shown here: JMW Turner, Margate Pier