Durham Cathedral. by William Turner.
Good afternoon, yesterday morning we were up bright and early to make our trip to Edinburgh. When we looked of the window it was fair not dry but not raining. We planned to get the bus to Edinburgh at 8-35 am so we had to get a move on. We took the car round to the park and ride as it so cold at that time and the bus does not always run to time. Fortunately it was only 5 minutes late.
We were in Edinburgh by 9-45am and the rain was bouncing off the ground just as it was forecast. First thing coffee and toast at Ryan’s (No sign of Ryaaaan Coronation Street) but lovely coffee.
Coffee over we started the long walk along Princess Street with the rain and the wind in our faces but we were on a mission to get to the National Gallery. By the time we got there the water was running off us and my brolly, that the guard quickly told me to close up. After I caught my breath and folded up my brolly we headed down to the Vaughan Exhibition of William Turner watercolour paintings. There were forty one paintings on display in two different rooms. All the paintings were bequeathed to The National Gallery by Henry Vaughan in 1900.These exquisite watercolours are a special feature of the gallery’s display programme and are on show every January. As I said in my last entry due to the light sensitive nature of these works, they can only be displayed for one month of the year and this is how it has been for the last hundred or so years. I am not the artist of the family as you know it is Stuart’s interest and hobby but I do enjoy going along with him to see all the painting and yesterday was no exception. The Turner watercolours are absolutely wonderful they are so beautiful. I was reading that one or two of his watercolours came up for auction last year and the fetched £3.5 million and another went for £10 million so what price the collection we saw yesterday. After we had another coffee and a second look at the paintings we braved the storm once more to walk the far end of Princess Street to get the bus home. We did not want to linger in the capital as snow was forecast and we did not want to get caught up in that so we had decided to get an early bus home.
I really enjoyed my day out and looking at all those lovely paintings the watercolours are so different from the oil painting Turner is more famous for of sailing ships. If you are in London I think a visit to the Turner Gallery would be very worth while or course if you are in Edinburgh in January just remember you brolly.
This was one of my favourites it was a tiny only about four inches by two inches but the detail as you can see was wonderful. So till next time. Love,