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Turner and the Whale: York art historians co-curate new exhibition

Posted on 10 October 2017

Hull Maritime Museum and University of York art historians are curating a new exhibition of J. M. W. Turner’s controversial paintings of whaling as part of Hull’s UK City of Culture celebrations.

Whalers (Boiling Blubber) Entangled in Flaw Ice, Endeavouring to Extricate Themselves by J.M.W. Turner. Tate: Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856.



Turner and the Whale represents a rare opportunity to see together three of the four whaling canvasses produced by the acclaimed marine artist in 1845-1846.

The exhibition, on display at the Hull Maritime Museum from Saturday 7 October, is curated by the Museum and the History of Art department's Professor Jason Edwards and AHRC-funded PhD student Martha Cattell.