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JMW Turner's eight-week sketching tour of the North of England in 1797 transformed him from an architectural draughtsman to a poet of the landscape sublime.

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.

The exhibition illustrates the 22-year-old artist's northern tour. Three galleries host 13 stunning colour studies each, alongside two of Turner’s sketchbooks, which he carried with him on his journey.

Tullie House Museum has supplemented the core selection with some of the very first mountain-themed works that Turner exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1798, along with later watercolours of the wider Cumbria region that reveal his development as a visionary painter of the sublime landscape.

Works particular to the Carlisle show include: Ullswater (1835), Windermere, Westmorland (c1835), and Ambleside Mill, Westmorland (exhibited 1798).

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