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Art education in 19th-century Britain was shaped by four London-based organisations: the Royal Academy Schools, the Government Schools of Design, the Department of Science and Art (based in this museum) and the Slade School of Art. Each was driven by powerful ideologies which dictated students' training.

These drawings, by students and teachers, reflect the different principles and practices of each school. They also reveal more general changes in emphasis over the 19th century. As subject matter, antique sculpture was gradually replaced by depictions of un-idealised human figures. Stylistically, the earlier insistence on a high level of technical finish gave way to a more spontaneous, sketchy kind of drawing.

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The Art of Drawing (Hardcover)||RHFPR

The Art of Drawing (Hardcover)||RHFPR

The Art of Drawing is the first book in sixty years to cover the wider history of drawing in Britain exploring the crucial role drawing has played in …

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Event - UCL Art Museum - Tour 1

Thu 03 December 2015 11:00–12:30

UCL Art Museum has its origins as a teaching and research collection tied to the history of the UCL Slade School of Fine Art. The Slade was the first school to admit women into the life room and, through the Slade prize system held as early as the 1890s, a large number of works by women artists entered this public collection. The museum holds examples of early works by pioneers such as Gwen John, Dora Carrington, Winifred Knights and Paula Rego, as well as over 10,000 prints, drawings, sculptures and paintings dating from the 1490s to the present day. It also has a wonderful collection of Old Master prints and drawings by artists such as Dürer, Rubens, Rembrandt and van Dyck.

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