More than 20,000 flock to Turner exhibition in Petworth

Timothy Spall as Turner, painting in the old library in Petworth House PICTURE BY SIMON MEIN AND THIN MAN FILMS
Timothy Spall as Turner, painting in the old library in Petworth House PICTURE BY SIMON MEIN AND THIN MAN FILMS

MR TURNER – an exhibition will finally close at Petworth House on March 11, having welcomed more than 20,000 visitors.

The eight-week exhibition has set a new record for winter exhibitions at the 17th-century house.

Andrew Loukes, curator of exhibitions and collections at Petworth House, was thrilled with the success of the show. “We’ve been delighted with the positive feedback we’ve received, particularly from local people, many of whom hadn’t visited us before,” he said.

With Mike Leigh’s ‘Mr Turner’ film helping to raise the profile of the exhibition internationally, the house welcomed visitors from as far away as Europe and America.

As the third major exhibition at Petworth in as many years, it has firmly placed Petworth House ‘on the map’ as a venue for serious shows.

But the hard work doesn’t end there. Petworth House will screen the Mr Turner comes to Petworth film in the exhibition room from March, so visitors can share in the magic of the great British artist and the time he spent painting at Petworth.

The next winter exhibition, ‘Remastered: Bosch to Bellotto’, is set to open in November.