The V&A has a collection of more than 7000 watercolours spanning Medieval art to the present day. It showcases the use of watercolour in European art from illuminated manuscripts, studies in design and botanical illustration to portrait miniatures and narrative scenes. British landscapes and topographical studies are a strength of the collection, with key works by JMW Turner and John Constable.

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Highlights include works by Jacob Jordaens, Francis Towne and John Robert Cozens, the Pre-Raphaelites, Beatrix Potter, and modernists such as Paul Nash, Frances Hodgkins and Emil Nolde, as well as contemporary work, including those by Lubaina Himid and David Remfry.


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Dorigen of Bretagne longing for the safe return of her husband, by Edward Coley Burne-Jones, 1871, England. Museum no. CAI.10. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London