This catalogue accompanies an exhibition of watercolours from The National Collection of Watercolours at the Victoria and Albert Museum. In a study of paintings spanning some two hundred years, Lewis Johnson explores the familiar and the unfamiliar in one of the most apparently tradition-governed practices of painting. Taking as his starting point the formation of the Collection in the mid-nineteenth century, he examines contemporary claims for watercolour as a modern art, and shows how certain notions of the modern were interlinked with nationalist and imperialist culture in Britain. His analysis of traditional criticism's dependence on these ideas, and of its limitations in the face of the complexity of historical, social, political and philosophical questions raised by the paintings, makes this study a bold and timely contribution to the reappraisal of the history and theory of art in Britain.Read more
- Published to coincide with an exhibition of Watercolours from the National Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum from 26th January until 15th May
- Contains some of the finest examples of British watercolours by Turner, Cotman, Gainsborough, etc and ranging from 1750–1950
- New and innovative approach to the subject reflecting the latest concerns in art history
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- Date Published: January 1994
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521449274
- length: 270 pages
- dimensions: 275 x 217 x 22 mm
- weight: 1.176kg
- contains: 100 b/w illus. 16 colour illus.
- availability: Unavailable - out of print March 2016
Table of Contents
1. Events on the horizon
2. Surveying the city
3. Domains of drama
4. Prospects of the past
5. Thresholds of the domestic
6. Thresholds of the foreign
7. Picturesque prospects
8. Varieties of Victorian prospects
9. Various thresholds: Flower paintings and still life subjects
10. Prospects and interiors post 1900.
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