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Watercolour - Near Sorrento

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1917P34
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1863 - 1863

Maker Information

Artist:John Brett - View biography for John Brett


Brett was a master of judgement in mixing watercolour with bodycolour. He did not, so like many of his contemporaries, employ the opaque pigment solely for the obvious highlights, but used it also to model depth and shadow. In this, one of Brett's earliest coastal scenes, there are brilliant touches in the cliffs and the surface of the sea as well as the distant town and hills. He must have had phenomenal eyesight - an essential requisite for astronomy and geology, two of his passions besides painting - in addition to the most delicate touch.

Presented by Sir Richard Cooper, Bt., 1917.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
School/Style:Landscape Seascape Marine
Medium:Watercolour and bodycolour on paper.

Associated Places


Height:249 mm
Width:334 mm