The following publications are general works relating to the history of British watercolor painting in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Works on individual artists are listed in the notes to each entry.
Baskett, John, and Dudley Snelgrove. English Drawings and Watercolours, 1550–1850 in the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon. New York: Pierpont Morgan Library, 1972.
Bayard, Jane. Works of Splendor and Imagination: The Exhibition Watercolor, 1770–1870, exh. cat. New Haven: Yale Center for British Art, 1981.
Clarke, Michael. The Tempting Prospect: A Social History of English Watercolours. London: British Museum Publications, 1981.
Hardie, Martin. Water-Colour Painting in Britain. 3 vols., ed. Dudley Snelgrove, Jonathan Mayne, and Basil Taylor. Vol. 1, The Eighteenth Century. London: Batsford, 1966; vol. 2, The Romantic Period. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1967; vol. 3, The Victorian Period. London: Batsford, 1968.
Mallalieu, Huon. Understanding Watercolours. Woodbridge: Antique Collectors’ Club, 1985.
Roget, John Lewis. A History of the Old Water-Colour Society. 1891; Woodbridge: Antique Collectors’ Club, 1972.
Smith, Greg. The Emergence of the Professional Watercolourist: Contentions and Alliances in the Artistic Domain, 1760–1824. Aldershot, England: Ashgate Publishing, 2002.
Wilcox, Scott. British Watercolors: Drawings of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries from the Yale Center for British Art, exh. cat. New Haven: Yale Center for British Art, 1985.
Williams, Iolo. Early English Watercolours and Some Cognate Drawings by Artists Born Not Later than 1785. London: The Connoisseur, 1952; reprint Bath: Kingsmead, 1970.
Wilton, Andrew. British Watercolours, 1750 to 1850. Oxford: Phaidon, 1977.