of the SEA
British Marine Watercolours
ROGER QUARM and SCOTT WILCOX
With 119 illustrations, 32 in colour
It is only natural that marine painting should be especially favoured by the British, an island people and for much of their history a seafaring nation. Natural, too, that British artists should produce images of ships and the sea in watercolour, a medium that is distinctively their own.
Masters of the Sea presents a survey of the marine watercolour from its origins in the seventeenth century to the fresh and fluent seascapes of the early twentieth century. It is also a fascinating portrayal of maritime history as illustrated by contemporary artists, from the drawings of the Van de Veldes to the sketchbooks of naval officers and the records of travel and exploration by painters such as William Hodges.
Produced in association with a splendid exhibition at the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, and the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, the book includes a complete catalogue, together with illustrations of most of the works exhibited, which have been largely drawn from the outstanding collections at Yale and Greenwich. Roger Quarm of the National Maritime Museum contributes an essay on the emergence of marine painting in England, while Scott Wilcox of the Yale Center deals with the marine watercolours of major artists such as Joseph Mallord William Turner, Richard Parkes Bonington and John Sell Cotman.
Marine watercolours are widely admired, both for the beauty of the medium and for the evocative quality of the subject-matter. This attractive book will appeal not only to art lovers but also to practising artists, marine enthusiasts and historians.
Very well illustrated
Condition; Good with dust -jacket
Interior clean , Binding tight