For those of you interested in watercolour – take some delightful time out to see these amazing paintings on show at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK
The Fitzwilliam Museums’ collection of watercolours by J.M.W. Turner was founded in 1861 by the generous gift of twenty-five watercolours from John Ruskin, Turner’s most fervent champion and critic. The exhibition includes watercolours made for engraving, book illustration and vignettes, as well as landscape watercolours.
The restrictions which Ruskin imposed on the terms of his gift mean that these drawings may not be lent outside the Museum. This exhibition offers a unique opportunity to view the Turner watercolours that once formed part of his collection.
Tue 16 June 2015 to Sun 4 October 2015
Shiba Gallery (14)
WATERCOLOUR – Elements of nature
Stunning landscapes, exquisite portrait miniatures and delicate flower drawings by masters including Samuel Palmer and Paul Cézanne – the collection of watercolours in the Fitzwilliam Museum is one of the finest in the world.
Rarely exhibited and in superb condition, the works on show highlight the extraordinary versatility of the medium, showing how it was used from the Middle Ages onwards to illuminate manuscripts, paint delicate likenesses, accurately record botanical detail and to capture fleeting moments of nature.
Drawn exclusively from the Fitzwilliam’s outstanding collections, the exhibition will include miniatures by Nicholas Hilliard and Isaac Oliver, botanical drawings by Pierre-Joseph Redouté, as well as a series of superb landscape watercolours by John Constable, Peter de Wint, John Sell Cotman, Samuel Palmer, J. M. Whistler, John Singer Sargent, Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissarro and Paul Nash.
It will be complemented by an exhibition in the Shiba Gallery of watercolours by J.M.W. Turner, many given to the Museum by his greatest champion, John Ruskin.