Great British DrawingsBooks
The Ashmolean's collection of British drawings and watercolours is undoubtedly one of the finest in the world. This lavishly illustrated book discusses a selection of 120 of the Museum's most beautiful and important works on paper by British artists, complemented by significant loans from private collectors. Many of these works have never previously been reproduced. The full wealth of the Ashmolean's collection is reflected with drawings from the mid-seventeenth century, to works by celebrated contemporary artists including David Hockney and Frank Auerbach. Portraits, landscapes, figure studies, still lifes, studies for oil paintings, and works finished in their own right, as well as sketchbooks and albums are all represented. The particular strengths of the Museum's collection, works from the 'Golden Age' of watercolour by renowned masters John Robert Cozens, Thomas Girtin, and J.M.W. Turner, and outstanding sheets by John Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelites form the core of the book. Fascinating drawings by Walter Sickert and members of the Camden Town Group also feature together with works by twentieth-century war artists, including Paul Nash and Graham Sutherland. This book reveals the spectacular breadth of achievement and inventiveness of British artists in all drawing media, from pencil to pen and ink, and from pastel to watercolour, plotting the fascinating history of British art over the course of three and a half centuries.
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