The second part of the title of this exhibition, the “Making of Landscape”, proved too optimistic in my view. I believe that Constable, Gainsborough and Turner are pillars of the British landscape art and may well have influenced the Barbizon school (the French landscape school, which included Corot, Millet, and Daubigny, and preceded Impressionism).
However, the exhibition has too few paintings, all from the Royal Academy permanent collection, and too many prints. Turner has been featured in several interesting exhibitions in recent years (Turner Inspired: In the Light of Claude; Turner Whistler Monet; Turner and the Masters) but the current exhibition at the Royal Academy disappoints. Until February 17.