English artists have made a unique contribution to the art of watercolor painting. In no other Western country has this very attractive medium been used so consistently, or for works of such stature, as in England between 1750 and the present day. In this general survey of the whole period, Graham Reynolds, formerly Keeper of Paintings and of Prints and Drawings at the Victoria & Albert Museum, discusses the paintings of over 100 artists including the well-known watercolorists such as Cozens, Girtin, Cotman and De Wint, as well as artists who are equally known for their work in other media - Gainsborough, Turner, Constable, Sargent, Henry Moore. The 140 illustrations, 64 in color, show the work of these and lesser-known artists and reveal the versatility of this medium, so the reader will be introduced to its use for illustrative caricature and portraiture as well as to the finest examples of traditional landscape watercolors.
Graham Reynolds Obe was for many years Keeper of Paintings and of Prints and Drawings at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. He has had a distinguished career caring for and writing about British art and has produced some twenty books, including English Portrait Miniatures, Constable, the Natural Painter, Victorian Painting, and Turner. He is on the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art (in Britain), and has won the prestigious Mitchell Prize for the History of Art (1984) for his catalogue raisonne of The Later Paintings and Drawings of John Constable.