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Mer de Glace, Chamonix, France, by John Ruskin

Ruskin produced this painting in 1860, at the end of the ‘Little Ice Age’, when glaciers in the Alps were far more extensive than they are today. Mer de Glace is the longest glacier in France, but has retreated so … Continue reading

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In Memory of the ‘Painter of Light’

 Today marks the anniversary of Turner’s death on 19th December, 1851.  Over 20,000 works in his possession at the time, including oil paintings, watercolours and drawings, were bequeathed to the nation. He was not always appreciated by art critics during … Continue reading

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Sunset on Wet Sand, by Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851)

John Ruskin greatly admired Turner’s treatment of clouds and commented that “other great men coloured clouds beautifully, none but he ever drew them truly”. What do you think of Turner’s sketchy, almost impressionist painting of sunlight reflected on wet sand?

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Lancaster Sands, by David Cox (1783-1859)

Travellers crossing the trecherous sands between Ulverston and Morecombe Bay are threatened with a summer squall. Cox captures the weather conditions so well you feel like sheltering from the wind.

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Study of Clouds, by Cornelius Varley (1781-1873)

Varley was influenced by Luke Howard’s emerging science of meteorology. The artist was very interested in sketching skies and clouds from nature to record changing weather conditions.

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Tynemouth Pier: North-East Wind, by Alfred William Hunt (1830-1896)

Tynemouth Pier was constructed in 1866 to reduce the number of shipwrecks on the notorious Black Middens rocks. Hunt was greatly influenced by Turner is his treatment of water and weather. These writhing, icy waves are reminiscent of those in many of … Continue reading

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Whitehaven from Parton, Cumbria, by Joseph Mallord William Turner (1755-1851)

Turner used a technique called ‘scratching out’ to achieve the realistic white spray and foam of the waves. He grew his thumbnail especially for this purpose.

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