Martyn Gregory open exhibition of British Watercolours and Drawings

Posted: 2016-05-05 10:45:15 - Last updated: 2016-05-05 10:46:53

Thomas Gainsborough, J.M.W. Turner, Thomas Girtin and David Cox will be among the major artists featured in the new exhibition by BADA members Martyn Gregory Gallery, opening this week.

The exhibition, entitled British Watercolours and Drawings, 1750-1900, will include over eighty of Martyn Gregory’s best and most recently acquired works, covering one hundred and fifty years of British watercolour painting.

Subjects range from landscapes and topographical drawings to portraits, figure studies, marine views and still life. Most of the works on display are in watercolour but the exhibition also shows examples of pencil and chalk drawing, pastel and oil sketching.

Artists whose work appears on the market less regularly are also featured, such as Luke Clennell, whose fine watercolour depicts fishermen at work (below). 

One of the highlights is a rare and beautifully drawn pastel by Scottish portraitist Archibald Skirving (1749-1819).  

Skirving was contemporary with the portrait painter Henry Raeburn, though perhaps much less well-known than him until the Scottish National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition of Skirving’s work in 1999.  This masterly pastel, like many in that exhibition, demonstrates that his work deserves close examination.

The portrait of ‘Euphan Guthrie, Mrs Charles Wright of Phallope (1739- 1831)’ (pictured right), has spent many years in a private collection, and indeed is mentioned in the SNPG’s Skirving catalogue as ‘untraced’.

The exhibition will be held at 35 Bury Street, St. James’s, London SW1Y 6AU and runs from Friday 6 May to Wednesday 25 May

An accompanying catalogue is available to download at

David Cox, OWS (1783-1859) 

Welsh hill pastures: sheep being driven into a lane


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