A major new exhibition of landscape drawings selected from the Royal Collection and generously lent by Her Majesty The Queen, featuring works by some of the masters of Western European drawing, and including rarely seen works by Van Dyck, Canaletto, Gainsborough and Claude Lorrain – widely considered to be the greatest landscape artist of the 17th century – alongside fascinating examples by lesser-known names.
Celebrating the richness, variety and peculiarities of the drawings in this internationally renowned collection, the show also makes connections with contemporary drawing practice. From Italianate villas to the Dutch low-lands; Guercino’s pen and ink sketches to Jan Lievens’ sweeping outlines, and Hendrick Avercamp’s crystallisation of a momentary accident on the ice, explore how the act of drawing can capture a fleeting moment, subject or mood. Alongside Thomas Sandby’s delicately coloured vistas, Bruce’s exquisitely rendered ruins and Claude’s gently waving trees, the exhibition includes incomplete works, rendered in soft inky outlines and fragile washes, which hint at the artists’ process and open a dialogue with the concurrent RWA exhibition, ‘Drawn’.
Featured image: ‘Lines in a Landscape’ by Gaspar Van Wittel, courtesy of Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2017