Beginning with Ian Fleming’s breezy watercolour Balemartin, Tiree through to Louis Rosenberg’s wonderfully detailed, sun-drenched drypoint San Gimignano, this exhibition features a wide range of twentieth century watercolours, drawings and original prints in various media in between. Approximately forty framed works are exhibited and a large number of unframed prints and drawings by British, French, American and Australian draughtsmen and printmakers.
Works depicting Venice in contrasting styles by artists including David Robertson and William Walcot are of particular interest, including a particularly fine and rare Walcot etching entitled Palazzo Pesaro now housed in Venice’s Gallery of Modern Art. An impression of Sir D. Y. Cameron’s masterprint Ben Lomond recently featured in the National Galleries of Scotland’s exhibition The Printmaker’s Art is also shown.
Other highlights include a group of watercolours, drawings and drypoints by Sir Muirhead Bone, in particular a large drawing The Village of Guadalupe from the Royal Monastery reproduced in his publication Days in Old Spain. Sir Muirhead Bone’s work was recently the subject of a major exhibition at the Fleming Collection in London coinciding with the publication of a biography by the artist’s grandson Sylvester Bone. Watercolours of Spain and Venice by James Miller add colour, and a particularly strong Parisian street scene by Willie Wilson completes the journey from Tiree to Tuscany.