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The Triumph of Watercolour: The Early Years of the Royal Watercolour Society 1805-1855

The Triumph of Watercolour: The Early Years of the Royal Watercolour Society 1805-1855
Timothy Wilcox

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In April 1805 the newly created Society of Painters in Water Colours now known as the Royal Watercolour Society held its first exhibition. After the Royal Academy, the RWS is the oldest artists' exhibiting society in Britain. Its early years saw the rise to prominence of watercolour painting - a golden age of British art and a medium in which Britain produced artists of remarkable genius. This book celebrates the Society's bicentenary by bringing together the work of its founders, Joshua Cristall, John Varley, W.S. Gilpin, W.H. Pyne and W.F. Wells. It also surveys the period from 1800 to 1851 in considerable detail and illustrates the work of the major watercolourists of the time - Thomas Girtin, J.M. Turner, Francis Towne, Peter de Wint, A.V. Copley Fielding, John Linnell, John Sell Cotman and many others. The journey of British watercolour painting from topographical and picturesque views to the challenging, highly coloured virtuoso works of the mid nineteenth century is one of the roller-coaster rides of British art history. To celebrate the Royal Society of Watercolours is to celebrate the best of this explosion of talent.

The book accompanies an exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery from 2 February 2005 to 24 April 2005 and subsequently at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.

Author Info

As a museum curator, Timothy Wilcox has held positions at the Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Hove Museum and Art Gallery and the British Museum. Before joining the School of Arts at the University of Surrey he taught at the University of Brighton and he is a regular lecturer at the Cambridge International Summer School.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd
Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd

ISBN: 9780856676024
Publication Date: 11 Feb 2005
Number of Pages: 176
Illustrations: 170 illustrations, (110 colour )

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