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Press Releases > Turner Painting Added To The Bowes Museum's Permanent Collection
An oil painting by one of Britain’s most important painters, J M W Turner, has been added to the permanent collection of The Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle.
The painting, Lowther Castle - Evening, was in family ownership until it was given to the nation through the Acceptance in Lieu scheme administered by Arts Council England. It has been allocated to the Museum following a successful application by Keeper of Fine Art, Emma House and Dr Howard Coutts.
The Bowes Museum has always had an interest in Turner; the father of our founder John Bowes was a direct patron of the artist, who painted two views of the family house of Gibside, near Newcastle-upon-Tyne, which are today owned by the Museum.
This acquisition continues our tradition of exploring Turner’s work, and follows a series of successful exhibitions at The Bowes Museum featuring his paintings, including the current show Rokeby: Poetry & Landscape; Walter Scott & Turner in Teesdale, which runs until Sunday 28 April.
Lowther Castle - Evening, now on show in the newly refurbished suite of painting galleries, is one of a commissioned contrasting pair, the other of which remains in private ownership. The castle itself, only 40 miles or so from the Museum, was in the process of being built when Turner visited in 1809 to gather sketches of architectural details and drawings of the surrounding landscape, and it was still under construction when the artist exhibited the completed paintings at the Royal Academy in 1810.
However, both paintings show the range of the castle’s immediate estate and were based on drawings which today are in the Turner bequest at Tate Britain.
“We are delighted the AIL scheme has allocated Lowther Castle - Evening to the Museum,” said Ms House. “The painting is a fine example of J M W Turner’s expressive landscape style and greatly enhances the Museum’s collections.”
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· Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) was revered during his lifetime, creating probably the most skilled and expressive landscapes in the history of the genre.
· The son a Covent Garden barber, Turner attended the Royal Schools from 1789 and exhibited his first watercolour at the Royal Academy in 1790.
· He began exhibiting oils at the Royal Academy in 1796 and was elected an Associate member in 1799 and Royal Academician in 1802.
· From 1791, summer sketching tours were part of Turner’s annual routine, and he first toured the North of England in 1797, making sketches in Yorkshire, Durham and Northumberland.
THE BOWES MUSEUM
· The Bowes Museum was created over 100 years ago by an extraordinary couple, John and Joséphine Bowes. Together they built up the greatest private collection of fine and decorative arts in the North of England and constructed a magnificent building to house them in. The collection contains thousands of objects including furniture, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and many other items covering an extensive range of European styles and periods.
· The Bowes Museum receives a core funding grant from Durham County Council and as a Major Portfolio Museum, receives support from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport through the Arts Council England’s Renaissance programme. Additional revenue funding specifically for the Museum’s acclaimed exhibition programme is provided by The John Ellerman Foundation and The Friends of The Bowes Museum.
· The Bowes Museum has recently undergone major redevelopment. This work was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, One NorthEast through the County Durham Economic Partnership, English Heritage, Northern Rock Foundation, The Monument Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Foyle Foundation, The European Regional Development Fund, DCMS/Wolfson Museum and Galleries Improvement Fund, Designation Challenge Fund, The Shears Foundation, The Richard and Suzanna Tonks Family Fund at County Durham Foundation, Durham County Council, The Friends of The Bowes Museum, The Headley Trust, Sir James Knott Trust, Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust, Fenwick Ltd, Mercers Charitable Foundation, Welton Foundation.
· Normal admission to the museum: Adults £9.00, Concessions £8.00, Six Month Pass £12.00, Children Free (under 16s). Admission allows access to all exhibitions, permanent displays and some events. Admissions are donation inclusive and are eligible for Gift Aid. If you do not wish to make a charitable donation admission prices are: Adults £8.15, Concessions £7.25, Six Month Pass £10.00, Children (under 16) and carers free.
· The Bowes Museum is a member of the Discover Durham partnership of attractions. Our commitment is to promote Durham as an exciting and vibrant group travel destination and to provide the travel trade with a professional and knowledgeable service: hotline number 0191 301 8531, www.discoverdurham.co.uk
ACCEPTANCE IN LIEU
· The Acceptance in Lieu (AIL) Scheme, administered by Arts Council England, allows those who have a bill for Inheritance Tax to pay the tax by transferring important cultural, scientific or historic objects to the nation. Material accepted under the scheme is allocated to public collections and is available for all.
· Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2011 and 2015, we will invest £1.4 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1 billion from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. www.artscouncil.org.uk