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Marking the Royal Academy's 250th anniversary, this exhibition explores the historic and at times uneasy relationship between the RA and the medium of watercolour.

In the 18th century it was felt that watercolours, also known as tinted drawings, were a lesser form of art. As this new exhibition shows, many leading Royal Academicians were, and are, talented watercolour artists, from famous names such as Paul Sandby, JMW Turner, and Thomas Gainsborough, right through to today’s Academicians including Humphrey Ocean and the RA's president Christopher Le Brun.

The Horsham Museum has been able to supplement its own collections with over 30 watercolours on loan from Sussex-based galleries and private lenders including Towner Art Gallery, Worthing Museum & Art Gallery, Christ’s Hospital Museum, and The Bishop Otter Art Collection.


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