Drawn from the British Museum’s rich collection, this is the first exhibition devoted to landscape drawings and watercolours by British artists in the Victorian and modern eras – two halves of very different centuries.
The exhibition celebrates the work of British landscape artists during the hundred years following the death of J M W Turner. It demonstrates how they worked in many different styles and techniques on paper – not only in watercolour, but also in mixed media including bodycolour, pastel, chalk and pen and ink – to interpret the changing landscape of the period. It charts their technically brilliant, virtuoso and imaginative responses to the artistic, cultural and social upheavals of the time.
Most of the 125 works are from the British Museum’s remarkable but little-known collection – over half have never been on display before. The exhibition includes works by James McNeil Whistler, Edward Burne-Jones, John Singer Sargent, Muirhead Bone, Paul Nash, John Minton, Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland.
Images courtesy of © The Trustees of the British Museum
Dr Kim Sloan has been the curator of British Drawings and Watercolours at the British Museum since 1992 and additionally the Francis Finlay Curator of the Enlightenment Gallery since 2003. Her books and exhibitions at the British Museum include Turner Watercolours from the R. W. Lloyd Bequest (1998), Enlightenment (2003), The Intimate Portrait (2008; with the Scottish NPG) and In search of classical Greece (2013, with Ian Jenkins). She is the curator of Places of the Mind: British watercolour landscapes 1850-1950 (BM, Room 90, to 27 August).