Turner and his Contemporaries: The Hickman Bacon Watercolour Collection
12 January - 14 April 2012
Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal will be exhibiting more than 40 outstanding works from the magnificent collection assembled by Sir Hickman Bacon almost one hundred years ago, one of the most important private holdings of British 18th and 19th century watercolours in the world. At the centre of the show will be the towering figure of JMW Turner who, pushed to ever greater heights through his association with his contemporary, Thomas Girtin, transformed the medium and raised the humble watercolour to a technical and aesthetic level previously unimaginable. Book ending the exhibition will be atmospheric and exquisitely modulated works by other exceptional innovators, including John Robert Cozens and John Sell Cotman, many of whom were neglected at the time that the astute Sir Hickman Bacon acquired their watercolours but who are now recognised as true masters of the art. Abbot Hall, which itself possesses a fine collection of Lake District watercolours, is a fitting venue for what promises to be a beautiful and inspiring show.