Great British Watercolors: From the Paul Mellon Collection at the Yale Center for British Art

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Yale University Press, Jan 1, 2007 - Art - 223 pages
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Paul Mellon (1907--1999) assembled one of the world’s greatest collections of British drawings and watercolors. In his memoirs he wrote of their “beauty and freshness… their immediacy and sureness of technique, their comprehensiveness of subject matter, their vital qualities, their Englishness.” This catalogue celebrating the centenary of Mellon's birth features eighty-eight outstanding watercolors from the fifty thousand works of art on paper with which he endowed the Yale Center for British Art. The selection spans the emergence of watercolor painting in the mid-18th century to its apogee in the mid-19th. These works highlight the diversity of British watercolors, showcasing both landscape and figurative works by some of the principal artists working in the medium, including Thomas Gainsborough, Thomas Rowlandson, William Blake, and J. M.W. Turner.
 

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Contents

ALEXANDER COZENS
12
THOMAS GAINSBOROUGH
26
Notes 20
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About the author (2007)

Matthew Hargraves is a research associate in the department of Paintings and Sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art and is the author of Candidates for Fame: The Society of Artists of Great Britain 1760-1791 (Yale).
Scott Wilcox is curator of prints and drawings at the Yale Center for British Art. His books on the Center’s collection of watercolors, prints, and drawings, include The Line of Beauty (Yale) and Papermaking and the Art of Watercolor in Eighteenth-Century Britain with Theresa Fairbanks Harris (Yale).

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