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"To Observe and Imagine: British Drawings and Watercolors, 1600–1900" is a major survey of the Morgan Library’s important collection of British drawings. The basis of this group dates to Pierpont Morgan’s well-known 1909 purchase of virtually all the holdings of Charles Fairfax Murray, the English Pre-Raphaelite artist and collector. Over the years the Library’s holdings in this area have continued to grow, and this exhibition provides an opportunity to view highlights of the collection. The exhibition features approximately a hundred drawings and watercolors produced over a three-hundred-year period. Seventeenth-century examples include works by Inigo Jones and foreign-born artists working in England, such as Wenceslaus Hollar and Sir Peter Lely. Emphasis is on the major draftsmen of the eighteenth century, including William Blake, Thomas Gainsborough, and William Hogarth. A number of beautiful nineteenth-century drawings and watercolors by John Constable, Thomas Girtin, Samuel Palmer, John Ruskin, and J. M. W. Turner also are on view. The exhibition culminates in several outstanding works by the Pre-Raphaelites and a selection of artist’s sketchbooks.

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Represented artists: William Blake, Samuel Palmer


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