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Stunning landscapes, exquisite portrait miniatures and delicate flower drawings by masters including Samuel Palmer and Paul Cézanne – the collection of watercolours in the Fitzwilliam Museum is one of the finest in the world.
Rarely exhibited and in superb condition, the works on show highlight the extraordinary versatility of the medium, showing how it was used from the Middle Ages onwards to illuminate manuscripts, paint delicate likenesses, accurately record botanical detail and to capture fleeting moments of nature. Click here for Emma Crichton-Miller’s review of the show.
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Postwick Grove (c. 1835–40), John Sell Cotman © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Yorkshire fells (c. 1812), Peter De Wint © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Grey and Silver, North Sea (c. 1884), James Abbott McNeill Whistler © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Giudecca (1913), John Singer Sargent © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Venice, storm at sunset (1840), J.M.W. Turner © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
View of the Island of Rhodes (c. 1845), Richard Dadd. V&A
Still life flowers in a jar (c. 1890), Paul Cézanne © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
The Magic Apple Tree (c. 1830), Samuel Palmer © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
‘She changed how we encounter sculpture’ – remembering Phyllida Barlow (1944–2023)