Photos of the week… the South Downs

Discover Britain’s newest national park in the latest issue of BRITAIN – out today in the US – and peek inside Petworth House which is hosting a new exhibition on JMW Turner opening this weekend

Arundel Castle at sunset. Credit: Peter Lewis/Getty

Reaching 260 square miles across Hampshire to East Sussex, the South Downs is renowned for being one of the places to nurture the British landscape art movement. It’s here that JMW Turner – one of the most talented landscape painters of all time – found an early fan in Sir George O’Brien Wyndham, 3rd Earl of Egremont, and inspiration for over 100 pieces of work.

Egremont was a British peer who owned Petworth House in Sussex. He was a voracious supporter of British art and became one of Turner’s first patrons. Here Turner joined the ranks of contemporaries, such as Romantic painter John Constable, portrait painter George Romney and sculptor John Flaxman, who were given the run of the house in the pursuit of creating art. This was referenced in the early scenes of the 2014 film Mr Turner, part of which was filmed at Petworth House.

Scroll through our gallery below for a preview of what you’ll find in our article on the South Downs in the latest issue of BRITAIN – out today in the US – plus find information on the Turner exhibition at Petworth House and Park which opens this weekend.


The Grand Staircase and Turner’s paintings in the Carved Room, Petworth House

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Credits: Travel Pix Collection/AWL Images Ltd National Trust Images/Bill Batten)


The Old Library Stairs, Petworth House

Credit: National Trust Images/Bill Batten


Jane Austen’s House, Chawton

Credit: Roger Bamber/Alamy


South Downs National Park/Half-timbered cottage, Winchester
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Credits: Loop Images Ltd/Alamy/Derek Croucher


Winchester Cathedral

Credit: Joana Kruse/Alamy


Local cheese, Steyning, South Downs

Credit: Jon Bower UK/Alamy


Seven Sisters cliffs, South Downs

Credit: Robert Harding World Imagery/Alamy


Mr. Turner – an exhibition at Petworth House and Park begins 10 January 2015 and runs until 11 March 2015. For more information, visit the National Trust website

To download the latest issue of BRITAIN magazine, click HERE.


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