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  • Collection: British Watercolors from the Permanent Collection

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Displaying a prodigious talent at an early age—he regularly skipped school to draw in the countryside—Thomas Gainsborough was sent off to London in 1740, at the age of 13, to study with the French engraver Hubert-François Gravelot. Around the…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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