Turner’s Earliest Works Exhibition 2015

Date Posted: 19/11/2014

Salisbury Museum is hosting an exhibition next year that will throw new light on the earliest work of the young artist J.M.W. Turner painted in and around Salisbury.

Opening from 22nd May until 27th September, Turner’s Wessex: Architecture and Ambition will showcase the artist’s meteoric rise as he worked for two wealthy patrons in the Salisbury region.

The exhibition builds on recent museum successes, particularly the 2011 exhibition exploring Constable’s links with the area.

The works of art that will go on show have been selected by Turner scholar Ian Warrell to build a picture of a brilliant young artist, driven by self-belief and limitless ambition, grafting his way in the world.

The watercolours at the heart of the exhibition, reassembled for the first time since 1883, will show how commissions from Wiltshire’s great patrons provided the crucial springboard for the career of one of England’s best-loved artists.

Turner’s connections with Salisbury

Turner first visited Salisbury in 1795 when he was 20 years old. As his career developed, he returned to paint an area that captivated him as an artist.

Set in the vast plains of the Wessex landscape, his depictions of Stonehenge are considered to be among his most hauntingly atmospheric works.

Salisbury Museum is situated a few metres from Salisbury Cathedral, where the 800 year-old Magna Carta will be displayed in 2015.

For more information about the exhibition visit www.salisburymuseum.org.uk.

Pictured: The North Transept of Salisbury Cathedral, watercolour by J.M.W. Turner.

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