Places of the Mind (British Museum)

British watercolour landscapes 1850–1950


A fresh perspective on British landscape drawing in the Victorian and Modern eras


ISBN: 9780500026403 Category:


A fresh perspective on British landscape drawing in the Victorian and Modern eras.

The attempts by artists of the Victorian and early Modern period to convey not merely the physical properties of a landscape but also its emotional and spiritual impact – landscape as ‘places of the mind’, as the critic Geoffrey Grigson put it – is the focus of this fascinating new study of British watercolours produced between 1850 and 1950.

Drawing on the British Museum’s impressive collection, this book explores artists’ spiritual quests to capture the essence of landscape and convey a sense of place. Artists of the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries drew on earlier traditions but developed and extended the genre through their imaginative, personal responses to the artistic, cultural and social upheavals of the time.

The book includes works by Victorian artists Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Poynter and by many well known twentieth-century artists, such as John and Paul Nash, Ben Nicholson and Henry Moore, some of which have never previously been published.

Additional information

Weight 1266 g
Dimensions 25.7 x 25.7 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 20 July 2023
Number of pages 192
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Kim Sloan, Text by Jessica Feather, Anna Gruetzner Robins, Sam Smiles, and Frances Carey
Dimensions 25.7 x 25.7 cm
Weight 1266 g


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Kim Sloan is Curator of British Drawings and Watercolours at the British Museum. Jessica Feather is Allen Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.