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November 09, 2022

Drawing in Britain, 1700–1900: A Decade of Acquisitions

Ezekiel Barton, "A Cliff Overhung with Trees"

Ezekiel Barton
A Cliff Overhung with Trees, early 19th century watercolor over graphite on wove paper sheet: 54 x 37.1 cm (21 1/4 x 14 5/8 in.)
mount: 61.8 x 48.4 cm (24 5/16 x 19 1/16 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington
Purchased as the Gift of Alexander M. and Judith W. Laughlin

Drawing in Britain, 1700–1900: A Decade of Acquisitions
National Gallery of Art, Washington, April 2–August 6, 2023

Selected entirely from the National Gallery’s permanent collection, this exhibition of approximately 80 recently acquired drawings and watercolors provides an overview of two centuries of British art. Works on view reveal European influences on British art starting in the 1700s. They trace the development of watercolor as a national specialty and introduce the varied approaches that emerged during the Victorian era. Drawing in Britain not only includes significant examples of the landscapes that are traditionally associated with British art, but it also highlights portraits, history scenes, and nude studies. Works by British women provide glimpses into the lives and work of several fascinating yet little-known artists.

The exhibition is curated by Jonathan Bober, Andrew W. Mellon Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings, and Stacey Sell, Associate Curator of Old Master Drawings—both from the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

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