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Victorian Watercolours : From the Art Gallery of New South Wales - by Peter Raissis (Hardcover)
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This book features over eighty artworks by more than seventy artists that represent the glory of British watercolors from the Victorian period. Artists include: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, George John Pinwell and Myles Birket Foster. Peter Raissis explores the social, cultural, and technical background to watercolor painting in nineteenth-century Victorian Britain, as well as the reception and appreciation of the medium both in Britain and Australia. Entries on each of the works give insights into the painters’ lives and the differing subject matter, ranging from everyday life and landscape to the worlds of fantasy and imagination. The book brings to light several large-scale Victorian-era "exhibition piece" watercolors which are little known. In the 1800s, professional watercolor painters contributed greatly to the vitality of the thriving Victorian art scene.