J M W Turner at Farnley Hall

Farnley Hall, by Turner
J. M. W. Turner
The East Front (Garden Front) of Farnley Hall,
with the Flower Garden and a Sundial. 1815

J M W Turner, one of the greatest of English artists, was a frequent visitor to Farnley Hall, near Otley, often staying for several months. He painted many watercolours in the surrounding area.

Farnley Hall at that time was the Yorkshire residence of Walter Fawkes (1769-1825), a prominent landowner, writer and Member of Parliament who also had historical, antiquarian and sporting interests. Fawkes was a close friend and a great patron of Turner and one of the most important collectors of his works.

In Leeds Art Gallery there are several drawings and watercolours executed by Turner at Farnley Hall, including The Farnley Hall Bird Book, a collection of 20 bird drawings for a book on ornithology by Walter Fawkes.

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