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Watercolour wonders - Turner's masterpieces on show in Sussex

He was one of our greatest artists, and often drew his inspiration from the landscapes and seascapes of the South.

Many of the works of JMW Turner can be seen on display at Petworth House in Sussex.

But now, it's the venue for an exhibition for some of his lesser known paintings - a unique collection of watercolours rather than oils.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Exhibitions Manager Andrew Loukes.

Funding secured for Turner's Oxford

Turner's famous depiction of Oxford High Street Credit: Ashmolean Museum

The Ashmolean Museum says it has raised enough money to acquire Turner's famous vision of Oxford High Street.

The museum says it has 'received an extraordinary response' following the launch in June of a public appeal - sending over £60,000 to help reach the fundraising target of £860,000 in just four weeks.

The painting, which has been on loan to the Museum from a private collection since 1997, has been offered to the nation in lieu of inheritance tax. The High Street, Oxford would settle £3.5 million of inheritance tax – which is more than the tax liable on the estate.

In addition to the £60,000, the Ashmolean received a grant of £550,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, £220,000 from the Art Fund, and a further £30,000 from the Friends and Patrons of the Ashmolean.

Dr Alexander Sturgis, Director of the Ashmolean, says: ‘The Museum has been overwhelmed by public support. With well over 800 people contributing to the appeal, it is clear that the local community, as well as visitors to the Museum from across the world, feel that this picture, the greatest painting of the city ever made, must remain on show in a public museum in Oxford.'


Turner watercolour on display at Royal Pavilion

Click video. It is regarded as the defining image of Brighton in the 1800s. A stunning watercolour by the famous fine artist Turner is now on display in the city which inspired it.

Brighthelmston, Sussex, was painted in Brighton in 1824 - and it's now on hung alongside other pieces of his work for the first time in more than 100 years. Charlotte WIlkins has been to take a look.

Tour Turner exhibition at Petworth House

Now he's known as the nations' greatest painter and, some of Turner's finest work has been brought together for a unique exhibition in Sussex.

It was a county that was very special to him - and now his finest views of the area are being seen together for the first time.

It's taking place at Petworth House - a place that not only inspired him, but became his rural retreat. Stacey Poole reports and speaks to Andrew Loukes, House and Collections Manager.


8,000 rubber ducks in beach clear up!

Rubber ducks on Margate beach Credit: Courier Media Ltd

As the region's beaches brimmed with bathers last week, thousands of rubber "feathered friends" flocked to Fulsam Rock in Margate.

Corinne Felgate's Nature Nurture installation featured 8,000 ducks made by the public, and was commissioned by the Tate Gallery as part of its Turbine Generation Project.

The ducks were not actually rubber, but jesmonite, and bio-degradable. They were captured before they drifted too far out to sea.

Rubber ducks on Margate beach Credit: Courier Media Ltd