Victorian watercolours are often dismissed as being sentimental works of no great artistic or societal value. While it is true that a great deal of idealisation goes on, this is not something unique to that particular period; brutal naturalism is something that has perhaps really only gained traction relatively recently.
There is not a great deal to be said about this book. The title leaves you in no doubt as to what it is and it’s something you’ll either pick up with enthusiasm or retreat quickly away from.
However, if you’re still listening, you’ll want to know that the selection is varied and representative and the works, if you’re UK-based, not easy to see in person. The quality of the reproduction is very high indeed and the generous sizing and concise analyses thoroughly welcome.
Quite simply, if Victorian watercolours are your thing, you’ll want and love this.
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