This exhibition will present works by the three towering figures of English landscape painting - John Constable RA, Thomas Gainsborough RA and JMW Turner RA - and will explore the development of the British school of landscape painting. The display will include 150 works of art, including paintings, prints, books and archival material.
Since the foundation of the Royal Academy of Arts in 1768, its Members have included artists committed to landscape painting, addressing the changing meaning of ‘truth to nature’ and the discourses surrounding the beautiful, the sublime and the picturesque.
During the 18th and 19th centuries there was a shift in style in landscape painting, represented here in the works of Gainsborough, the emotionally charged and sublime landscapes of Turner and Constable’s sentimental, romantic scenes.
Showcasing major works from the Royal Academy Collections, the exhibition will feature highlights such as Gainsborough’s Romantic Landscape (c.1783), Constable’s The Leaping Horse (1825) and Boat Passing a Lock (1826) alongside Turner’s brooding diploma work, Dolbadern Castle (1800).
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