John Sell Cotman, “A Ruined House,” circa 1807-1810, watercolor over graphite on paper, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

A top Ivy League universities will soon mount an extraordinary exhibition of drawings rarely exhibited to the public. Featuring works by masters from the 17th through the 20th centuries, this is surely an exhibition not to miss. You won’t believe who lent the drawings either.

The world-renowned Ashmolean Museum has graciously lent a dazzling selection of more than 100 rarely seen drawings and watercolors from the 17th to the 20th centuries to the Princeton University Art Museum. Curated by Colin Harrison of the Ashmolean, “Great British Drawings from the Ashmolean Museum” features work by celebrated artists such as William Blake, Thomas Gainsborough, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, J.M.W. Turner, John Everett Millais, and Aubrey Beardsley. Showcasing portraiture, landscape, still life, narrative, and book illustration, the exhibition aims to provide a rich, comprehensive survey of the drawing tradition in Britain.

“Great British Drawings from the Ashmolean Museum” opens on July 1 and continues through September 17. To learn more, visit the Princeton University Art Museum.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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