The Artist's Vision

Romantic Traditions in Britain

November 19, 2006 – March 18, 2007

West Building, Ground Floor, Outer Tier Galleries G23, G24, G25

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    Paul Sandby, The Tide Rising at Briton Ferry, 1773, watercolor over graphite; laid down, Gift of The Circle of the National Gallery of Art, 1988.19.1

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    Samuel Palmer, Harvesters by Firelight, 1830, pen and black ink with watercolor and gouache on wove paper, Paul Mellon Collection, 1986.72.12

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    Samuel Palmer, The Sleeping Shepherd; Early Morning, 1857, etching, hand-colored with watercolor and opaque white with gold highlights, Rosenwald Collection, 1943.3.6711

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    George Fennel Robson, A Loch in Scotland, watercolor over graphite on wove paper, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund, 1989.37.1

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    John Martin, View on the River Wye, Looking towards Chepstow, 1844, watercolor, gouache, and touches of oil paint (?) over graphite with scraping out, heightened with varnish and/or gum arabic, on wove paper, Gift of The Circle of the National Gallery of Art, in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art, 1990.87.1

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    John Ruskin, The Garden of San Miniato near Florence, 1845, watercolor and pen and black ink, heightened with white gouache, over graphite on wove paper laid down on thick, white paper, Patrons' Permanent Fund, 1991.88.1

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    William Blake, The Great Red Dragon and the Beast from the Sea, c. 1805, pen and ink with watercolor over graphite, Rosenwald Collection, 1943.3.8997

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    William Blake, The Accusers of Theft, Adultery, Murder (War), c. 1794/1796, color-printed etching, Rosenwald Collection, 1943.3.8973

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    John Dixon after John Hamilton Mortimer, Incantation, 1773, mezzotint on laid paper, Gaillard F. Ravenel and Frances P. Smyth-Ravenel Fund, 2002.65.2

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    Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Ariadne, 1863/1864, watercolor and gouache over graphite on smooth wove paper, The Armand Hammer Collection, 1989.2.1

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    Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Jane Morris, 1870, pen and iron gall ink with brown wash on laid paper; laid down on paperboard, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund, 1988.29.1

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    Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Desdemona's Death-Song, 1875/1880, black chalk over traces of red chalk on two joined sheets of blue-green paper, New Century Fund and Paul Mellon Fund, 2005.76.1

THIS EXHIBITION IS NO LONGER ON VIEW AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY.

Overview: 67 prints and drawings by British artists from the late 18th to the early 20th century were shown in this exhibition, which explored themes in romantic art, including landscapes, supernatural and horrific subjects, and Pre-Raphaelite works that evoked early Italian painting. Included were Dante Gabriel Rossetti's drawing Desdemona's Death Song and works by Samuel Palmer, J. M. W. Turner, William Blake, and John Constable, among others. The works were drawn from the prints and drawings collection of the National Gallery, and augmented by loans from private collections.

The National Gallery Vocal Arts Ensemble performed music of British composers in a Sunday concert in honor of the exhibition. A special Sunday afternoon tea menu was available in the West Building Garden Café. The exhibition was part of the 2007 citywide festival, Shakespeare in Washington.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Exhibition curator was Stacey Sell, assistant curator of old master drawings.

Sponsor: The exhibition was supported by the Thaw Charitable Trust.

Attendance: 55,959

Image: Paul Sandby, The Tide Rising at Briton Ferry, 1773, watercolor over graphite; laid down, Gift of The Circle of the National Gallery of Art, 1988.19.1

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