Old Masters

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The Spooner Collection of British Watercolours

The Spooner collection of British watercolours is one of the finest of its kind, featuring all the leading artists of the period 1750–1850. Among the fine sheets included are watercolours of the Lake District by John White Abbott, and rural scenes by several artists – Gainsborough, Turner, Cozens, Rowlandson, Francis Towne, Samuel Palmer. Architecture dominates the setting in works by Girtin, Cotman and Sandby. More

A Time and a Place: Two Centuries of Social Irish Life

‘A Time & a Place: Two centuries of Irish social life' focuses, through the art of their time, on Irish people engaged in recreational activities across the last two centuries. The book is arranged thematically, covering areas and subjects such as sport, music and dance, visits to the beach, religious observance and pilgrimage, theatre, circus, calendar customs, fairs and markets, pubs, clubs and parades. More

The Soane Hogarths

A Rake’s Progress (1734-5) and An Election (1755) are the most famous of William Hogarth’s series of ‘modern moral subjects’. Hazlitt described Hogarth’s paintings as ‘A perpetual collision of eccentricities, a tilt and tournament of absurdities, the prejudices and caprices of mankind let loose’ and they still delight, interest and amuse as much today as two hundred years ago and the biting quality of their moral satire is undiminished. More

Paths to Fame: Turner's Watercolours from the Courtauld - OUT OF PRINT

This catalogue accompanies an exhibition at Dove Cottage, Grasmere, and The Courtauld Gallery, London, which will be the first full display of the Courtauld’s outstanding collection of watercolours by J.M.W. Turner (1775–1851). The collection spans the artist’s career, ranging from an important early view of the Avon Gorge, Bristol, made when Turner was just sixteen years old, to examples of the monumental highly finished watercolours of his maturity and the celebrated expressive late works. More

Johan Zoffany: Artist and Adventurer (Hardback)

This beautifully designed and illustrated publication is the first comprehensive biography of the portrait painter Johan Zoffany (1733–1810), one of the leading figures of eighteenth-century British art. ALSO AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK. More

Johan Zoffany: Artist and Adventurer (Paperback)

This beautifully designed and illustrated publication is the first comprehensive biography of the portrait painter Johan Zoffany (1733–1810), one of the leading figures of eighteenth-century British art. ALSO AVAILABLE IN HARDBACK. More

Watteau at the Wallace Collection

One of the most famous and influential artists of the eighteenth century, Jean-Antoine Watteau (c. 1684–1721) fundamentally changed the course of French painting. With masterpieces such as Les charmes de la vie, Lady at her Toilet and Les Champs Élisées, the Wallace Collection preserves one of the three outstanding collections of his paintings worldwide (together with Paris and Berlin) but it has never before been the subject of a special exhibition or a separate study. More

Jean de Jullienne: Collector and Connoisseur

Jean de Jullienne (1686–1766) was one of the leading French amateurs and collectors of the eighteenth century. He played an important role as editor and dealer, most famously of Watteau’s œuvre, and held an influential position in the French art administration of his time, as director of the Gobelins factory until 1729. More

Gainsborough at Gainsborough's House

Thomas Gainsborough (1727–1788), for some the greatest English artists, was born in the small town of Sudbury on the river Stour in Suffolk in East Anglia. In his house in Sudbury, mainly during the time under the curatorship of Hugh Belsey, the Gainsborough's House Society has built an outstanding collection of paintings, drawings, prints, books and memorabilia relating to the artist and his time. More

Taking Time: Chardin's Boy building House of Cards and Other Paintings

Recently acquired by Waddesdon Manor, Jean-Siméon Chardin's early masterpiece Boy building House of Cards has a self-contained stillness that contrasts with the splendour of its new setting. This book accompanies an exhibition at Waddesdon that will unite Chardin's four paintings of a boy with a house of cards for the first time. More

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