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Drawings and Watercolours

The Whitworth is most notably famous for its collection of British watercolours. The main strengths of the collection lie in the 18th and 19th century, highlights of which include more than 50 Turner watercolours ranging from topographical drawings to Swiss views; seven Grand Tour sketchbooks of J R Cozens and a fine selection of Girtin watercolours as well as his only surviving sketchbook. Other artists such as Constable, Cotman, Cox, de Wint, Gainsborough, Towne as well as fine groups of Pre-Raphaelite and Victorian watercolours by Burne-Jones, Ford Madox Brown, Lear, Rossetti, Millais and Ruskin make the Whitworth's watercolour collection one of the most outstanding in the country.

Although the Whitworth is primarily known for its extensive collection of British drawings and watercolours from the 18th century to the present day, the addition of a number of significant historical oil paintings add to the depth and scope of the collection.

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