Mercer Art Gallery
18 January – 19 April 2020
Open Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm; Sunday, 12noon – 4pm.
The varied Yorkshire landscape inspired Turner to explore deeply Romantic architectural subjects, including Kirkstall Abbey and Bolton Abbey, where he uniquely captured both the last glimmers of sunlight and the first hints of a sublime harvest moonlight through the ruins. He sketched Scarborough Castle on the Yorkshire coast from every angle and in various shades of light and weather too, honing the skill that was to influence his whole career and which introduced him to special Yorkshire places that were to occupy his imagination for decades.
Additional loans at the Mercer Art Gallery include views of Richmond and St Agatha’s Abbey on loan from the British Museum. Alongside Turner’s works, the Gallery will also show popular, traditional Victorian works in contrast to Turner’s revolutionary style.
Turner: Northern Exposure at the Mercer Art Gallery is supported by Harrogate Borough Council.