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Aske Hall

Joseph Mallord William Turner
1820 - 1850

This is a watercolour of Aske Hall by JMW Turner.

In the background perched upon the hill is Aske Hall; the historical home of the de Aske family in North Yorkshire. In the foreground are several sheep resting under the panoply of trees which frame the picturesque watercolour.

The watercolour was presented to Astley Cheetham Art Collection by the National Art Collections Fund. JMW Turner is an internationally renowned artist and the watercolour is therefore considered an important artwork in the Astley Cheetham Art Collection.

JWM Turner was born in 1775. To his contemporaries Turner was very radical because he championed landscape painting as equal to the accepted history painting as the pinnacle of art. He is today known to be the eminent proponent of British Romantic landscape painting, as ‘the painter of light’ he is often considered the trailblazer for the much later Impressionism movement and even a forerunner of abstract art. He passed away in 1851.