Painting in the open air was new, daring and different in eighteenth century Britain. See over 75 oil sketches, watercolours and finished oils from the Tate collection by JMW Turner, John Constable and their contemporaries.
These rarely shown works were created in the landscape, rather than in the studio, demonstrating the artists’ desire to reflect the direct experience of the world around them. See the artists painting the rural nature, picturesque scenes, the city, rivers and coasts and explore the works of artistic rivals Turner and Constable, as well as George Stubbs, John Sell Cotman, John Crome and Francis Danby, among others.
The exhibition is curated by Michael Rosenthal, Emeritus Professor of Art History, University of Warwick, one of the world’s foremost experts on the art of this period, and Dr Steven Parissien, Director at Compton Verney.
Organised by Compton Verney, Warwickshire.