The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is exhibiting some forty British drawings from its permanent collection in its Graphic Arts Centre. It includes works by Beerbohm, Burne-Jones, Chadwick, Cotman, Cox, Flaxman, Gainsborough, Gilpin, Moore, Mortimer, Nash, Nicholson, Richardson, Romney, Rowlandson, Ruskin, Sandby and Solomon, as well as a magnificent monumental watercolour by Turner.
It is also be an opportunity to see the Museum’s most recent acquisitions, dating from the late eighteenth and the nineteenth centuries.
Since works on paper are fragile and their exposure to light must be limited, this is one of the few times visitors will be able to view this prestigious collection of works.
The variety of styles and subjects reflect British art and culture from the mid-eighteenth to the late twentieth century. While landscapes understandably dominate the exhibition, portraits, figure studies, genre scenes, caricatures and religious subjects are also presented.
Here is an overview of the MMFA’s recent acquisitions: