The Golden Age of Watercolour: Travel and the Picturesque

In the late eighteenth-century, two events coincided to bring about the 'Golden Age of Watercolour' in Britain – William Gilpin published his first travel narrative utilizing watercolour sketches and cakes of watercolour were first sold commercially. The rise of colonial activity by the British Empire in this period meant that travel became a necessary and sought-after activity for the upper classes. Packed along in their steamer trunks were sketchbooks, brushes and watercolours to depict their journeys and experiences.

Display curated by Danielle Van Wagner and installed by Linda Joy.