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Towneley’s Turner paintings on tour

Release date: 
Wednesday, 1 November, 2017
A pair of Towneley Hall’s most treasured artworks has gone on tour to the Far East.
 
A watercolour painting of Towneley Hall, together with Temple of Minerva, Cape Colonna, both by J.M.W. Turner have travelled to Japan.
 
The paintings will tour four locations around the country as part of the exhibition “Turner and the Poetics of Landscape”, returning back to Burnley in autumn next year. 
 
The pieces will be seen at key centres in Japan bringing the work of one of the greatest British romantic artists to large new audiences. 
 
The exhibition will feature an extensive loan from the National Galleries of Scotland, along with key works from Japanese collections.
 
The works explore the rich variety of Turner's engagement with landscape, ranging from his early explorations of topography to the artist's late, highly imaginative evocations of landscapes he admired during his extensive travels.
 
Turner’s Towneley Hall, painted in 1799, shows the historic house from the south-east, encircled by venerable trees and serene parkland, the epitome of rural tranquility and prosperity.
 
The exhibition organisers from the National Galleries of Scotland said: “Views of country houses are a significant strand of Turner’s early output and this impressive view of Towneley Hall is a great complement to other country house views in the exhibition.”
 
Painted in 1830 and depicting the ruins of an ancient Greek temple, the Temple of Minerva, Cape Colonna painting will help explore Turner’s vignette illustrations and his ability to evoke landscapes of extraordinary scale and grandeur within the smallest compass.
 
Cllr John Harbour, Burnley Council’s executive member for housing and environment, said: “We are thrilled that two magnificent pieces from the Towneley Hall collection will be featured in such a high profile international exhibition.
 
“While they are on tour, there are a number of other masterpieces currently on display at Towneley Hall for visitors to enjoy, including a new photography exhibition.”
 
For more information about Towneley Hall and its upcoming exhibitions and events, please visit www.towneley.org.uk . 

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