This summer Janet Blyberg was on a grand tour of English country houses. Click here to read her impressions of Petworth, a stately home with a Capability Brown-landscaped deer park that was immortalized in the paintings of JMW Turner. Janet always provides the best links to related museum collections and exhibitions. For example, her link to the Tate's collection of works from Turner’s early career is so helpful.
The Tate explains that, aside from the financial benefits, Turner's commissions involving Petworth gave him access to some of the most important old master paintings at a time when there was no National Gallery.
Just to play the art history version of the Kevin Bacon game, Janet and Emily Eerdmans, author of the upcoming Regency Redux, were Attingham classmates! And of course Jennifer gave us a wonderful preview of that title a while back.
Shown above, The Red Room 1827, Joseph Mallord William Turner,
Gouache and watercolour on paper