The Ashmolean’s collection of British drawings and watercolours is one of the largest and most important in the world, and this exhibition displays over 100 of the very best examples. The works span over three centuries, from an exquisite portrait by Samuel Cooper drawn in 1650, widely recognized as one of the most sensitive of all drawings of a face, to an arresting portrait of Salman Rushdie by Tom Phillips made in 1993.
'Great British Drawings' features famous landscape artists such as Gainsborough and Turner, representing the ‘golden age’ of British watercolours, and less well known but equally stunning masterpieces such as Thomas Girtin’s dramatic seascape and a compelling watercolour of a ruined house by John Sell Cotman.
The exhibition also showcases the outstanding draughtsmanship of the Pre-Raphaelites and includes portrait drawings and watercolours by Rossetti, Millais, and Ruskin. Other highlights include works by David Hockney,Eric Ravilious, Gwen John, Walter Sickert, John Robert Cozens and many more.