Already the owners of two views of the family house of Gibside, near Newcastle, the Bowes Museum has now added a further oil canvas by JMW Turner to its permanent collection.
The museum's founder, John Bowes, was a direct patron of Turner. Now Emma House, the Bowes' resident Keeper of Fine Art, and curator Dr Howard Coutts have captured Lowther Castle – Evening for the museum after an application to the Arts Council’s Acceptance in Lieu scheme.
© The Bowes Museum
The painting shows Lowther, which is roughly 40 miles from the museum, while it was being built in 1809. Turner had paid it a visit as part of a series of architectural sketches he compiled of the surrounding landscape, and it eventually went on show at the Royal Academy in 1810.
“It is a fine example of JMW Turner’s expressive landscape style,” observes House, who says staff are “delighted” with the allocation from the scheme.
“It greatly enhances the museum’s collection.”
This month has been a memorable one for the Bowes. Having uncovered a Van Dyck painting with the help of the BBC, curators have announced that Édouard Manet’s Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus – bought following a high-profile campaign by Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum to raise £7.83 million – will make the first stop on a national tour in Durham next month.
“This is a rare chance to see the work of the great Impressionist painter Édouard Manet in the North of England,” says Coutts.
“Our founder, Joséphine Bowes, was interested in Manet, and lived quite close to him.
“I’m sure she would have been pleased to see his work hanging in The Bowes Museum.”