Great British Drawings

26 Mar 2015 – 31 Aug 2015

Regular opening hours

10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00

Cost of entry

£7 full price /£6 concessions


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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 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.

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Colin Harrison

Exhibiting artists

John Robert Cozens

JMW Turner

John Ruskin

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Thomas Girtin

Gwen John

Eric Ravilious

Thomas Gainsborough

Edward Burne-Jones

Samuel Palmer

Samuel Cooper

William Blake

David Hockney

David Hockney

Wyndham Lewis

John Everett Millais

Walter Sickert


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