Drawn to the Coast: Turner, Constable, Cotman

Explore Great Yarmouth and its coast through the lives and works of Turner, Constable and Cotman at Time & Tide Museum this summer.

This exhibition looks at the British masters’ connection with the area and also the relationship between past and present.  Paintings, drawings and etchings by JMW Turner, John Constable and John Sell Cotman are displayed alongside social history objects from the museum’s maritime collections.

This exhibition explores how these artworks placed our small coastal community within the national consciousness. The Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex Sketchbook by JMW Turner will be on loan to Norfolk for the first time since its creation by the artist and will showcase a unique perspective of the town and East Anglia. The exhibition includes works on loan from Tate, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service and the East Anglia Traditional Arts Centre. 

Both land and sea have changed almost unrecognisably since the early 19th century when trawlers bobbed in the waters and Nelson’s Monument stood in isolated splendour away from buildings.

Young people and community groups have contributed to the curation and design of the show, exploring through art and artefacts the history of the town and the beauty of the coastal landscape that continues to inspire artists.

Image © Tate, Firing Rockets at Great Yarmouth, Possibly Related to ‘Life-Boat and Manby Apparatus Going Off’ c.1831, JMW Turner