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  • Collection: British Watercolors from the Permanent Collection

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John Ruskin was a prolific and influential writer on a wide range of subjects throughout much of the nineteenth century—he published his first article, on the coloration of the Rhine in a natural history journal, when he was just 15 years old, in…

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Built by Cistercian monks in the later years of the twelfth century, Medmenham Abbey, which stands along the Thames River about thirty miles due west of downtown London, passed into private hands in 1547 and slowly fell into disrepair. Later owners…

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William Callow began his career at the age of 11, when he was hired by the engraver Thomas Fielding to color prints and assist with aquatinting. The association, which became a formal apprenticeship in 1825 and included further training with one of…

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A member of a prominent banking family from Nottingham, Thomas Wright is perhaps best known for building Upton Hall, just west of Newark, which today houses the British Horological Institute. Whether Wright practiced in his family’s business has…

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A native of Scotland, William Leighton Leitch tried his hand at a variety of odd jobs, from house painting to snuffbox decoration, before finding steady employment in 1824 as a scene painter at the Theatre Royal in his hometown of Glasgow. When a…

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Initially destined to follow his father into the medical profession, Peter De Wint, who had displayed a passion for drawing since childhood, managed to persuade his parents to allow him a career in art. In 1802, he arranged an apprenticeship with…

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The son of a Birmingham blacksmith, David Cox possessed a constitution that was ill suited for work in a forge, so as a youth he was sent to study drawing with the noted landscape artist Joseph Barber. At the age of 15, he was apprenticed to a…

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The author of this modest sketch did not necessarily work directly with John Varley, whose immense popularity, owed in part to the two books on drawing that he published between 1815 and 1820, inspired countless imitators.
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