Joseph Mallord William Turner was a landscape painter, traveller, poet and teacher. He was described as ‘the greatest of the age’ by art critic John Ruskin and many people now consider him to be the first ‘modern’ painter.
In 1797, at 22 years of age, Turner set out on an eight-week sketching tour of the North of England; a journey that transformed him from an architectural draughtsman to a poet of the landscape sublime. Turner: Northern Exposure illustrates this journey across three galleries in the areas visited by Turner on his northern tour. Each venue will host 13 stunning colour studies on loan from the Turner bequest at Tate alongside two of Turner’s sketchbooks, which he carried with him on his journey.
Tullie House Museum has supplemented the core selection with some of the very first mountain-themed works that Turner exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1798, along with later watercolours of the wider Cumbria region, that reveal his development as a visionary painter of the sublime landscape. Artworks particular to the Carlisle show include:
- Ullswater (1835) from The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere
- Windermere, Westmorland (c1835) from Manchester Art Gallery
- Ullswater Lake, from Gowbarrow Park, Cumberland (1815-18) and Whitehaven from Parton, Cumberland (1810-15) from The Whitworth, Manchester
- Ambleside Mill, Westmorland (exhibited 1798) from the University of Liverpool Art Gallery
- Buttermere Lake, with Part of Cromackwater, Cumberland, a Shower (exhibited 1798) from Tate
Complementing the exhibition is a range of events:
Turner: An Afternoon of Talks on 17th November
Exhibition Tours on 31st October and 28th November
Watercolour Workshop on 16th November
The loans are supported by the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund. Created by the Garfield Weston Foundation and Art Fund, the Weston Loan Programme is the first ever UK-wide funding scheme to enable smaller and local authority museums to borrow works of art and artefacts from national collections.