Follow in Turner’s footsteps
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. After leaving London, he travelled up the country visiting many of the great castles and abbeys in Yorkshire, Co. Durham and Northumberland before reaching Berwick and turning west to Cumbria and the Lake District.
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.
At each exhibition you can see additional works by Turner inspired by the gallery’s location, including works on loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum London, British Museum and private collections.
Each exhibition venue is also running an exciting programme of events, workshops, lectures and activities for schools.
This exhibition was made possible with a grant from the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund