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).
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.
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.
Petworth House was used as one of the locations for the film Mr Turner, starring Timothy Spall as the brilliant but awkward artist.
The exhibition includes a recreation of Turner’s studio at Petworth, put together by set designer Suzie Davis.
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.’
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.