These are some fantastic photographs, taken by Scott Ramsey, of our Petworth picture lights illuminating the Turners at Petworth House. Images are copyright the National Trust.
Mr. Turner – an exhibition
10 January - 11 March 2015
A unique exhibition celebrating the artist JMW Turner and inspired by Mike Leigh’s film Mr. Turner will be on show at Petworth House. Mr Turner – an exhibition will feature major Turner artworks and the largest group of Turner’s personal belongings ever displayed.
Turner was a frequent visitor at Petworth House as the guest of his patron, the 3rd Earl of Egremont, and painted many works there. The house played a starring role in the film and with props and costumes featuring in the exhibition visitors will be able to go behind the scenes.
One of the centrepieces of the exhibition will be the Artist’s Studio, depicted in Turner’s famous painting ‘The Artist and his Admirers’. Turner and other visiting artists socialised and painted in the magnificent light-filled room which isn’t normally open to the public.
‘Turner is an important part of the story of Petworth House,’ says curator of collections and exhibitions Andrew Loukes. ‘We’re thrilled to be able to mount this celebration of his life and work with an exhibition exploring major themes of the film.’
Loans from major collections such as Tate and V&A feature in the exhibition as well as items from private collections. ‘We’re indebted to Dr Jacqueline Riding, research consultant on Mr. Turner, who helped us to amass this wonderful collection’ said Loukes.