at Ullswater 'Steamers'
Posted 6th October 2015
It is well known J. M. W. Turner had a fascination with the Lake District, creating renditions of many a famous location across the region, including depictions of Aira Force, Patterdale and Ullswater from Gowbarrow Park.
Indeed, the latter view was produced as a limited edition print by Ullswater Prints, with the kind permission of the then owner of the original, Brain Pilkington, to raise funds for the benefit of The Woodlands, Penrith, part of The Methodist Charity and Housing Association, (MHA), a national charity providing care, accommodation and support services for more than 16,000 older people around the UK.
Retired former local solicitor Andrew Thorneley and his wife Jennifer, both active supporters of The Woodlands, had previously acquired one of these Turner limited edition prints, and on hearing of the opening of the new Aira jetty, felt that it would be fitting for Ullswater ‘Steamers’ to receive their print and display it for people to see when visiting the area.
To mark the couple’s very generous gesture Mr Hensman presented a donation to the Friends of Woodlands and now this beautiful limited edition print will have pride of place in Pier House, Glenridding, for all to see.
Something I’m sure Turner himself would have appreciated, himself having left a small fortune in his will, which he hoped would be used to establish an alms-house to support artists of all ages who had fallen on hard times.