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Joseph Mallord William Turner, Sheerness as Seen from the Nore, 1808, oil on canvas, the MFAH, museum purchase with funds provided by the Alice Pratt Brown Museum Fund and the Brown Foundation Accessions Endowment Fund, with additional gifts from Isabel B. and Wallace S. Wilson, The Brown Foundation, Inc., and Ann Trammell.

“Ambition’s Charnel-House”: J. M. W. Turner’s Paintings of War

Saturday, Nov 03, 2012
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Law Building
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Presented by Leo Costello, Assistant Professor of Art History, Rice University, in conjunction with the MFAH collection of European art.

This richly illustrated talk will consider numerous depictions of war by the great Romantic painter J.M.W. Turner. Looking at images of the battles of Trafalgar and Waterloo especially, it will describe Turner's dual sense of fascination and revulsion at the violence of battle.

Tickets are required for this lecture. Secure your seats and buy tickets in advance! Tickets are available online (printer required to print out ticket), by phone at 713.639.7771, or at any admissions desk at the MFAH. Please e-mail with any questions.

MFAH Members

Adults (19+)
$8 + museum admission

Seniors (65+), students (ID required) & youth (ages 6–18)
$7 + museum admission


A very special thanks to all of the funders who make the Friday and Saturday Afternoon Lectures possible.