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British Drawings - 1600 to the Present Day

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    Paintings, Room 88a and The Julie and Robert Breckman Gallery

DISPLAY: British artists have used drawing in a wide range of ways: to think on paper and to build up storehouses of ideas, as well as to make finished exhibition pieces.

Covering 400 years of drawing practice and including works by Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Constable, Blake, Rossetti, Spencer, Freud and Hockney, this display traces the central role played by drawing in portraiture and ‘landskip’, and in movements from Romanticism to Minimalism. Innovative contemporary works demonstrate drawing’s continuing importance for artists.

This display is accompanied by the publication The Art of Drawing: British Masters and Methods by Susan Owens.

Displays complement our permanent collections, there are many free temporary displays around the V&A. They range in size from a single case to a room.

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