A sumptuous display of paintings from the golden period of British watercolour by Turner and other leading artists.

During the 19th century British watercolour was at its prime thanks to the efforts of Turner and his contemporaries; in 1819 The Sun newspaper proudly declared it ‘a delightful repast for patriotism as well as taste’.

The exhibition at Petworth brings together seven works by Turner with paintings by both his inspirations and his contemporaries – such as Edward Dayes, Thomas Hearne, John Constable, John Sell Cotman and Thomas Girtin.

A range of oil paintings and sculpture from the Petworth House art collection, the finest in the care of the National Trust, are also on display, demonstrating the range of artistic triumphs during this period.

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