- Museum number
Landscape near Bezan; with hills in the background and flowers in the foreground. 1901
Watercolour and bodycolour over black chalk, on brown-grey paper
- Production date
Height: 357 millimetres
Width: 254 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM label text, 12 January 1991:
As a young man, Rackham began by working as a clerk at the Westminster Fire Insurance Office, enrolling as an evening student at the Lambeth School of Art. In the early 1890s he contributed to illustrated periodicals and began to illustrate books; by the end of the decade he had evolved his highly individual style. The department has a small but representative group of his illustrations but until now had no examples of informal landscape studies such as this made during his summer travels abroad.
The following label was written by Kim Sloan for Places of the Mind, 2017:
Like many illustrators, Rackham sketched for pleasure while on holidays. In these watercolours he could experiment more with his technique than in the carefully controlled pen and ink and watercolour drawings for reproduction. He exhibited these summer sketches at the Royal Academy from the late 1880s. Artists like East and Melville were also showing landscapes with loose wet washes, highlighted with touches of brighter bodycolour – a new ‘oriental’ aesthetic that was a striking contrast to the more intricate and detailed watercolours of Dicksee and Poynter.
See also K. Sloan, 'The 'tormentingly elusive' art of drawing landscape', in K. Sloan (ed.), Places of the Mind: British watercolour landsapes 1850-1950, (London, 2017), pp. 24-67.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1991 Jan-Apr, BM, Recent Acquisitions (no cat.)
2002/3 Dec-Mar, London, Dulwich Picture Gallery, 'Arthur Rackham 1867-1939'
2017 23 Feb-27 Aug, London, BM, G90, Places of the Mind: British Landscape watercolours 1850-1950
- Acquisition date
- Prints and Drawings
- Registration number