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Wordsworth Trust: A Celebration of Watercolours

Ouse Bridge, Mathias Reed

[A]n exhibition that celebrates Wordsworth Trusts collection of watercolours – much of which has been acquired with the generous assistance of the W.W. Spooner Charitable Trust.

It will include many treasures of the Wordsworth Trust’s art collection.

The centrepiece will be ‘Ouse Bridge’ (1725), an impressive example of the work of Mathias Read (1669–1747), one of the earliest native-born artists to depict the British landscape and often described as ‘the father of Cumbrian painting’.

The exhibition also includes works by celebrated artists such as Joseph Farington, William Gilpin, John Laporte and William Green and highlight lesser known artists, but who equally present the beautiful and intricate details of the landscape in their work.

Jeff Cowton MBE, Curator and Head of Learning said: “We are thrilled to bring these wonderful artworks together for the first time.”

The exhibition is on display in the museum, next to Dove Cottage, former home of William Wordswoth, Britain’s best loved poet, and his sister Dorothy, who wrote her journals at Grasmere.

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