Event: Constable, Gainsborough and Turner at the Royal Academy
Location: Royal Academy of Arts, W1
The Royal Academy’s exhibition Constable, Gainsborough, Turner and the Making of Landscape, traces the history of the British school of landscape painting focusing on the three masters of the landscape movement.
Notable works include paintings from John Constable’s Stour Valley series of pictures, The Leaping Horse showing a tow horse leaping over a wooden cattle barrier on the towpath, and his Boat Passing a Lock, both with storm clouds gathered in the sky and white water bubbling through lock or sluice gates. Hung alongside them is JMW Turner’s brooding diploma work for the Royal Academy, Dolbadern Castle, of the Welsh castle set in the mountains of Snowdonia. Another highlight is Thomas Gainsborough’s poetic Romantic Landscape, a pastoral scene of shepherds and sheep with dramatic slabs of rock and the light coming through the clouds.
There are around 150 paintings in the show, including artworks by some 18th century contemporaries to contrast with the paintings of the three masters of British landscape painting.