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  • Collection: British Watercolors from the Permanent Collection

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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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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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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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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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Born and raised in the town of Isleworth, just west of London, Francis Towne initially trained as a coach painter. Although he soon turned to painting on canvas, and eventually studied at the St. Martin’s Lane Academy, Towne stayed with the…

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George Chinnery entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1792, and upon the completion of his training four years later he moved to Ireland, where he found success as a portrait painter. He returned to London in 1801, but within a year, evidently in an…

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Very little is known about the early life of James Bourne. He was born and raised in the small town of Dalby, Lincolnshire, not far from the North Sea coast of England. He was living in London as early as 1789. A year later he traveled to Manchester,…

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Not a great deal has come to light about the life of James Miller. He was active from about 1763 until his death in 1805, and was best known to the public between 1773 and 1791, when he exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy and the Society of…
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