List of illustrations

  • Exhibition of the Society of Painters in Watercolours
  • Portrait of Paul Mellon
  • Landscape with Buildings: Possibly at Richmond, Surrey
  • Mountain Top (A Mountain Study)
  • Alpine Scene
  • Fantastic Landscape
  • Italianate Landscape with Travelers, No. 1
  • St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, and the Entrance to the Singing Men’s Cloister
  • A Bird’s-Eye View of Windsor
  • An Encampment in St. James’s Park
  • Open Landscape with Horsemen and Covered Cart
  • Wooded Landscape with Country Cart and Figures
  • The Great Gate of St. Augustine’s Monastery, Canterbury
  • The West View of St. Austin’s Abbey, in Canterbury
  • View of Lake Coniston, Lancashire
  • Temple of Venus and Rome, Rome
  • The Chapel of the Greyfriars Monastery, Winchester
  • View of Bath from Spring Gardens
  • River Landscape with Figures
  • Isola Madre, Lago Maggiore
  • Lake Windermere from Calgarth with Belle Isle
  • Between Chamonix and Martigny
  • On the Lake of Nemi
  • Lake Nemi or Speculum Dianae
  • Lake of Vico between Rome and Florence
  • Il Parco degli Astroni—The Wooded Crater Bottom with Hunt in Progress
  • Traveling in France
  • Comforts of Bath: The Concert
  • Comforts of Bath: Gouty Persons Fall on Steep HIll
  • Checkmate
  • The Return of the Fleet to Great Yarmouth after the Defeat of the Dutch in 1797
  • A Woodcutter’s Picnic
  • Viewing at the Royal Academy
  • A Sporting Cove
  • The Gaming Table
  • Design 19, Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College
  • Design 20, Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College
  • Design 49, The Progress of Poesy
  • Design 50 – The Progress of Poesy
  • Boys Peeping at Nature
  • The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
  • A Hoy and a Lugger with Other Shipping on a Calm Sea
  • Skating in Hyde Park
  • The Skater (Portrait of William Grant)
  • John Gilpin in the Uxbridge Passage Boat
  • Mountainous Landscape with Clouds
  • Windsor Castle from near Brocas Meadow
  • Forest Pool
  • Windmill on a Knoll in a Landscape
  • Tynemouth Priory, Northumberland
  • Estuary on the River Taw, Devon
  • Ouse Bridge, York
  • View of the Pantheon from the Arsenal
  • Christ Church Gate, Canterbury
  • Villa D’Este
  • Ingleborough from Chapel-Le-Dale
  • Andernach
  • Crichton Castle (Mountainous Landscape with a Rainbow)
  • Tours: Sunset: Looking Backwards
  • Yarmouth Sands
  • Landscape at East Bergholt
  • Borrowdale: Evening after a Fine Day, 1 October 1806
  • Sky Study with Rainbow
  • Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows
  • An Arch at Holy Island, Northumberland
  • Vauxhall Bridge
  • Chepstow Castle
  • Cottages at Llanllyfni, North Wales
  • Aberystwyth Castle
  • Yarmouth Sands, Norfolk
  • Harvest Time: Cumberland
  • Still Life: Pots, Basket and Cloth on a Chest
  • Grace before Meat
  • Grace before Meat
  • View from Richmond Hill along the Thames towards Twickenham
  • Richmond Hill
  • The Head of Loch Fyne, with Dindarra Castle
  • Tryfan, Carnarvonshire
  • Travelers on a Road above a River
  • A Lady Reading
  • Barn Interior
  • Plums and Mulberries
  • The Greengrocer
  • The Avon near Bristol
  • The Mosque at Cordova
  • The Great Temple of Amon Karnak, The Hypostyle Hall
  • Beach Scene
  • Prague
  • Study of a Lioness
  • Figures and Animals in a Vineyard
  • A Greek Girl Standing on a Balcony
  • A Pastoral Scene
  • Underriver Hills, near Sevenoaks, Kent, from the Grounds of J. Herries, Esq.
  • Coast Scene with Shipping
  • Blois on the Loire
  • The Rhine at Assmannshausen
  • The Dead Sea
  • Amada, 9:30 am
  • Old British Camp in Bulstrode Park
  • Sketch to Illustrate the Passions: Suspense or Expectations
  • Mine in the Bastion du Mât, Sebastopol, Crimea
  • William Simpson—War Artist
  • Dust Storm Coming On, near Jeypore, Rajpootana
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~ON THE OCCASION of the hundredth anniversary of Paul Mellon’s birth, an exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts of watercolors from the Yale Center for British Art seems a particularly apt way to celebrate Mr. Mellon’s extraordinary beneficence to our two institutions, which are linked not only through his generosity but through...
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~ON THE OCCASION of the Society of Painters in Water-Colours’ twentieth annual exhibition in 1824, William Henry Pyne (1769–1843) reminisced about the early days of the organization: “Time was,...
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~William Taverner was one of the earliest and most accomplished of a new breed of artist that emerged in the eighteenth century: the amateur.For an introduction to William Taverner,...
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~~That a professional lawyer like William Taverner could become interested in watercolor indicates a shift in the status of watercolor painting from a useful to a polite art. Previously, watercolor had been valued chiefly for practical purposes such as surveying,...
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~~~Around 1764 Thomas Gainsborough (cat. nos. 7–8) wrote to a patron declining to paint “real views from Nature in this Country,” but praised...
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~~Gainsborough had distinguished his work from Paul Sandby’s topographical landscapes around 1764 (cat. nos....
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~Serious study of Britain’s past through its ruined buildings emerged at the end of the seventeenth century and was...
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~Francis Towne lived in Exeter for most of his professional life, where he made an extremely comfortable living as a drawing master.Tutoring private pupils earned Towne around £1,000 per annum. Timothy Wilcox, Francis Towne, exh. cat. (London: Tate, 1997), p. 10. His career coincided...
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~Rooker was born with all the advantages a painter could wish for. His father, Edward, was a respected architectural engraver, and Rooker grew up learning the same trade surrounded by London’s leading artists. Paul Sandby (cat. nos. 4–6) was a close associate who not only served alongside...
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~~Thomas Hearne’s training, like Rooker’s (cat. no. 12), was in engraving.For Thomas Hearne, see David Morris, Thomas Hearne and His Landscape (London: Reaktion Books, 1989). Between 1765 and 1771, he studied in...
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~~John “Warwick” Smith was born in Irthington, Cumbria, far removed from the...
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~~~~The career of John Robert Cozens marks a watershed in the history of British watercolor painting.For John Robert Cozens, see Kim...
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The story of watercolor painting in Britain can readily be presented as part of the broader story of British landscape art...
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~In 1793 John Thomas Serres was appointed Marine Painter to George III; in 1825 he died in a debtor’s prison in Edinburgh.For John Thomas Serres, see David Cordingly, Marine Painting in England, 1700–1900 (London: Studio Vista, 1974), pp. 84–85. Working for court did not...
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~Between 1650 and 1850 Europe was gripped by what climatologists have dubbed a “Mini Ice Age.” In England, rivers and lakes froze solid in the winter months as temperatures plummeted. Even the river Thames occasionally froze hard enough to hold ice fairs on its surface; in 1785,...
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~The essayist and critic Charles Lamb once gave his friend Edward Burney a warm encomium in a popular essay, describing him as
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~Although figurative watercolor artists emerged in the later eighteenth century, producing distinguished and popular work, it was landscape painters who developed...
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~The work of William Daniell is inextricably bound up with the emergence of Britain as a great imperial nation.For William Daniell, see Thomas Sutton, The Daniells: Artists and Travellers (London: Bodley...
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~Robert Hills was briefly enrolled in the Royal Academy Schools in 1788 but seems to have quickly dropped out in favor of more lucrative activity.For Robert Hills, see B. Long, “Robert Hills:...
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The French Revolution temporarily closed the Continent to British artists, but it induced some Frenchmen to cross the Channel to escape the political turmoil that came in the Revolution’s wake...
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~~~Today Constable’s name stands alongside Turner’s (cat. nos. 43–49) as one of the leading landscape painters of his generation, yet this was not...
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The recipient of John Varley’s impromptu drawing lesson was John Constable (cat. nos. 50–52) who took the former’s presumptuousness in his stride for Varley was infamous for his almost irrepressible urge to...
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~Whereas John Varley was gradually seduced by pseudoscience, his brother Cornelius was interested in more pragmatic knowledge of the natural world.For Cornelius Varley, see Cornelius Varley: The Art of Observation, exh. cat. (London: Lowell Lisbon, 2005). After around 1814, his early...
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~~When John Varley drew John Sell Cotman’s portrait in 1810, he inscribed the drawing “Johnny Cotman of Norwich.”The portrait is in the collection of the Yale Center...
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~~Peter DeWint’s earliest biographers were all embarrassed by the dullness of his life story.For...
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~When David Wilkie arrived in London from Scotland in 1805, his manner of drawing both shocked and...
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~~Copley Fielding’s father, Nathan, was only a minor portrait and landscape painter, but he begat a small army of artists; his five sons and one daughter all became painters. The third son, Anthony Vandyke Copley, was the leading artist among them.For Copley Fielding, see Marcia Pointon, The Bonington Circle: English Watercolor and Anglo-French Landscape, 1790–18JJ (Brighton: Hendon Press, 1985). His baptismal names reveal some of the ambitions his father had for him. The first two names were given in honor of Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599–1641), and the third was for the American expatriate John Singleton Copley (1738–1815). To distinguish him from the rest of his family, he was generally known as Copley Fielding. When Anthony was seventeen, the family moved to the Lake District, close to where Julius Caesar Ibbetson...
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~Mountain scenery was the stock in trade of George Fennel Robson.For George Fennel Robson, see T. Unwins, “George Fennel Robson, 1788–1803,” Old Water-Colour Society’s Club 16...
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~John Martin arrived in London from Newcastle in 1806, lured by the prospect of working in the china-painting business by his...
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Samuel Palmer (cat. nos. 78–79) looked back at William Henry Hunt twenty years after his death with a blend of admiration and envy...
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~Bristol considered itself “The Metropolis of the West” in the early nineteenth century, a reputation it owed to its position as a hub of transatlantic trade.J. Chilcott, Chilcott’s Descriptive...
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~~The regency period saw the emergence of a new form of topographical art: the bound volume of lithographs. The invention of lithography by Aloys Senefelder (1771–1834) at the end...
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~According to legend, Louis Francia (cat. no. 38) stumbled upon Richard Parkes Bonington sketching on Calais beach.For Richard Parkes Bonington, see Patrick Noon,...
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Thomas Shotter Boys began his career as one of nineteenth-century watercolor’s most promising exponents...
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~~~John Frederick Lewis was an artistic prodigy like Thomas Girtin (cat. nos. 39–42)...
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~~In 1832 Samuel Palmer issued a blistering attack on the proposed Great Reform Act in a pamphlet “Address to...
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~Charles Bentley belonged to the generation of watercolorists that emerged when the impact of Richard Parkes Bonington (cat....
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While visiting Venice in 1840, William Callow took a gondola onto the lagoon one evening and enjoyed a leisurely cigar...
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~~Edward Lear once joked about traveling in the Middle East: “Why need you not starve in the...
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Pages188 - 191

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~George Arthur Fripp was born in Bristol at a time when that prosperous city was enjoying an artistic surge.For George Arthur Fripp, see John Lewis Roget, A History of the Old Water-Colour Society (1891; Woodbridge: Antique Collectors’ Club, 1972),...
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Pages192 - 193

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~Whenever Charles Dickens crossed Cobham Park in Kent, he was fond of reenacting a gruesome murder that happened there in 1843. The murderer was Richard...
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Pages194 - 196

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~~There was a feeling of jubilation when Britain and France declared war on Russia in 1854 and began their campaign in the Crimea in defense of the Ottoman Turks. At...
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