barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


John Brett (1831-1902)

Study of Warwick Castle (‘The White Waterlily’)

Warwick, 1860

Watercolour on paper

254 x 355 mm

 

Early on in his career, John Brett, the leading Pre-Raphaelite landscape artist, visited the West Midlands where he produced this view of Warwick Castle. This watercolour study is, along with an early sketch, the only record of a now lost oil of the same subject. It shows the cliff-like south façade of the castle, the sheer bulk of the structure contrasted with and softened by the brilliant summer evening sky. In the foreground, children in a punt pick lilies in the River Avon.

Purchased 2010 (No.2010.3)

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