Sketches at an exhibition


Desperately busy at the moment, so on the theme of sketching, I offer two of about ten sketches I did some years ago at an exhibition of English watercolours, copying the composition of some magnificent works. I had come to admire the skills of consummate watercolourists like Girtin (Turner is reputed to have said “If poor Tom had lived I’d have starved.”), Bonnington and JS Cotman, but actually what I learned was how wonderful were their compositions.

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~ by noelgarner on August 23, 2010.

One Response to “Sketches at an exhibition”

  1. It’s always nice to see sketches. I believe that Turner, Girtin, Cotman, Cox and DeWint were all known as Dr. Munro’s boys. As young men, they gathered at his home and copied watercolours from the previous generations. Sandby, Cozens, etc. Imagine being in that room.

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