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Mr Turner: the exhibition

January 13, 2015
J.M.W. Turner, Petworth Park with Lord Egremont and his Dogs. ©Tate

J.M.W. Turner, Petworth Park with Lord Egremont and his Dogs. ©Tate

A new exhibition at Petworth House has been inspired by Mike Leigh’s recent film Mr Turner and celebrates the life and work of the Romantic landscape painter Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851).

View of Petworth House, with the lawn shown in Turner's painting. ©Martin Offer

View of Petworth House, with the lawn shown in Turner’s painting. ©Martin Offer

Turner visited Petworth repeatedly between 1809 and 1837 as the guest of his patron George Wyndham, 3rd Earl of Egremont (1751-1807). He created many pictures in oils and watercolour there. Some of those have always remained at Petworth, while others have returned on loan for this exhibition.

Timothy Spall as Turner in the Old Library at Petworth. ©Simon Mein and Thin Man Films

Timothy Spall as Turner in the Old Library at Petworth. ©Simon Mein and Thin Man Films

Visitors will also be able to see objects owned by Turner, such as his pocket paint book and the large easel thought to be the one depicted in the famous watercolour The Artist and His Admirers. That picture shows a scene in Petworth’s Old Library, which the artist was using as a studio.

Turner's 1827 watercolour The Artist and his Admirers, used as inspiration for the film Mr Turner. ©Tate

Turner’s 1827 watercolour The Artist and his Admirers, used as inspiration for the film Mr Turner. ©Tate

Petworth House was used as one of the locations for the film Mr Turner, starring Timothy Spall as the brilliant but awkward artist.

Set created by Suzie Davis in the Old Library at Petworth. The replica Turner seascapes were created by Charlie Cobb. ©Scott Ramsey

Set created by Suzie Davis in the Old Library at Petworth. The replica Turner seascapes were created by Charlie Cobb. ©Scott Ramsey

The exhibition includes a recreation of Turner’s studio at Petworth, put together by set designer Suzie Davis.

Timothy Spall channelling Turner. ©Simon Mein and Thin Man Films

Timothy Spall channelling Turner. ©Simon Mein and Thin Man Films

Director Mike Leigh said ‘Petworth wrote itself into the film rather than us having to think of possible stately homes; it is such an extraordinary, and rare, and rarified place.’

Portrait of J.M.W. Turner by John Phillip. ©National Portrait Gallery, London

Portrait of J.M.W. Turner by John Phillip. ©National Portrait Gallery, London

The exhibition, which is on until 11 March, was assembled by Andrew Loukes, curator at Petworth, and Dr Jacqueline Riding, research consultant on Mr Turner.