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  • Collection: British Watercolors from the Permanent Collection

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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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John Varley first studied with Joseph Charles Barrow, attending his evening drawing classes as early as 1793. A more significant aspect of his training came through his participation in the “academy’ run by Dr. Thomas Monro, a noted physician and…

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William Payne’s first career was as a draughtsman, making maps and other strategic documents for the Board of Ordnance in the Tower of London. He was also a fine artist, successfully exhibiting his watercolors from the age of 16. By 1790, he had…

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Art was a second profession for Thomas Sunderland. A pioneer of the ore industry in northern England, he lived on the edge of the Lake District, in the Cumbrian Mountains along the west coast just south of Scotland. The region’s scenic beauty…

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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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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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