Northam Castle
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Turner Watercolour Papers

J M W Turner (1775- 1851) was passionate about the papers which he used.  They were always an integral part of his work whether for a speedy sketch or a highly finished watercolour.  As a relatively wealthy artist in his lifetime he was able to define and have made many papers to his own specification.  Three of these, the Turner Grey, Turner Blue and Turner Nocturne feature in the collection below.

We would like to thank and acknowledge Tate Britain for allowing us access to samples of the works and papers from which our modern versions have been derived.  Our thanks also for allowing us to display images here of typical paintings which are part of their collection.  Some of our papers can be seen in use in Turner's Experiments room concerning colour and line.

These papers are manufactured using the same methods described for the Historic Watercolour paper range.


Most papers will need to be prepared by soaking and drying taped to a board to stretch them and to provide a drum tight surface on which to work.  We can supply details of this process together with sufficient gummed tape for quarter imperial sheets for the whole order.



We can supply these papers cut into half or quarter sheets at no extra cost.  If you require this service please ask us when you place the order.



TURNER BLUE, wove, gelatine sized, 200 g/m²

Nominal sheet size 56 x 76 cm,   22" x 30"  


A replica of one of the blue papers produced by an English mill between 1810 and 1835 for J M W Turner, the famous English watercolour artist.  From 1820 Turner used many of these papers during his travels through Belguim, Italy, Germany and France.  The shade of this paper allows the artist to be more adventurous than is possible with a plain white sheet. 

Along with a long-fibred cotton content, the paper contains a substantial proportion of refined linen pulp to produce a tough and durable working sheet.  The granite-like separation and liveliness of the sheet are obtained by the combination of a white pulp to which a small proportion of blue and black dyed cotton fibres are carefully blended during the beating.   



TURNER GREY, wove, gelatine sized, 200g/m²

Nominal sheet size  56 x 76 cm,  22" x 30"

This paper is a replica of a typical mid toned Turner paper




TURNER NOCTURNE, wove, gelatine sized, 200g/m²

Nominal size  56 x 76 cm22" x "30"

This paper is a replica of one of the dark papers purchased by Turner during his Italian tour of 1840




Turner Grey, wove, boxed set

10 sheets nominal 28 x 38 cm  11" x 15"  200g/m²



Turner Blue, wove boxed set

10 sheets  nominal  28 x 38 cm   11" x  15"   200 g/m²



Turner Nocturne Boxed set

10 sheets nominal   28 x 38 cm    11" x 15"    200g/m²