Tate Ticket Record

Art lovers flocked to the Tate Britain yesterday for the first day of one of the most eagerly awaited exhibitions of the year. More than 28,000 advance tickets were sold for Turner Whistler Monet, which examines the influence of Turner on the two younger men, who were friends and rivals. The ticket sales total was more than double the previous Tate record - 13,500 for Edward Hopper at Tate Modern. The show's recent run in Paris attracted more than half a million visitors. Runs until 15 May. For the full story - click the title Irish Art