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Places of the Mind (British Museum)

British watercolour landscapes 1850–1950

Kim Sloan, Jessica Feather, Anna Gruetzner Robins, Sam Smiles, Frances Carey


A fresh perspective on British landscape drawing in the Victorian and Modern eras


Artists of the Victorian and early Modern period (1850–1950) sought to convey not merely the physical properties of a landscape, but also its emotional and spiritual impact. Drawing on works by Samuel Palmer, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, Helen Allingham, John and Paul Nash, Eric Ravilious, Ben Nicholson, Henry Moore and many others, this book explores artists’ quests to capture the essence of landscape and convey a sense of place.


'One of the best surveys of British landscape painting you are likely to find'
The Artist

'Fascinating and original '
Times Literary Supplement

'Not merely a catalogue, but stands alone as a very interesting read'
The Lady

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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 25.0 x 25.0 cm

Extent: 192 pp

Illustrations: 159

Publication date: 20 July 2023

ISBN: 9780500026403

Contents List

The ‘tormentingly elusive’ art of drawing landscape, Kim Sloan
A new ‘golden age’ : The ‘modern’ landscape watercolour, Jessica Feather
South Country and other Imagined Places, Anna Gruetzner Robins
Representation and reality in West Country landscapes, Sam Smiles
Some Versions of Pastoral, Frances Carey

About the Author

Kim Sloan is Curator of British Drawings and Watercolours at the British Museum. Jessica Feather is Allen Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.