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A National Art

A National Art: Watercolour & the British Landscape Tradition

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A National Art: Watercolour & the British Landscape Tradition

Wixamtree Gallery

Saturday 23rd November 2013 - Sunday 27th April 2014

In the 1930s, as war loomed, British watercolour painting was looked at afresh. This previously neglected medium became seen as an important artistic tradition, 'a national art' that was epitomised by the use of watercolour to capture the British landscape and its changeable weather.


The exhibition, drawn entirely from the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery collection of works on paper, explores the landscapes of the late 18th century and early 19th century watercolourists and how they influenced their 20th century counterparts. The work of Cotman, Girtin and Turner will be shown alongside that of Nash, Ravilious and Piper in a celebration of the British landscape and its ideal medium, watercolour. It is part of a season of exhibitions exploring the idea of landscape, which includes Recording Britain and Bawden's Britain.