9 March—16 May 2010
In the Tennant Room
Francis Wheatley RA, Figures and Cattle by a Lake, 1795. Pencil and watercolour on paper. Photo © Royal Academy of Arts, London.
This display features watercolours by leading British artists of the eighteenth century including J. M. W. Turner, Paul Sandby and Michael ‘Angelo’ Rooker.
The works on display were originally part of a collection assembled by the architect John Yenn RA (1750 – 1821) who bought watercolours, prints and drawings from his friends and fellow artists. Yenn gravitated towards topographical scenes and the display includes impressive views of Durham Cathedral and Battle Abbey. He also shared in the late eighteenth-century enthusiasm for historic ruins, represented here by watercolours of Valle Crucis Abbey and Kenilworth Castle.
Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Free curator’s talk:
'J. M. W. Turner and eighteenth-century watercolours'
Tuesday 6 April
3.30 pm in the Tennant Gallery
All welcome. No booking necessary.
The Tennant Gallery is one of the John Madejski Fine Rooms
The rest of this suite of magnificently-restored 18th-century rooms, displaying highlights from the Royal Academy’s collection, can be visited on free tours.