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A River Runs Through It

Works on Paper from the Barber’s Collection

To coincide with this summer’s display of 17th-century seascapes, this selection of works on paper travels upstream to highlight the importance of rivers in everyday life.

Featuring prints and drawings by, or after, artists such as Wenceslas Hollar, Turner, Whistler and Max Klinger, the display explored themes of leisure and entertainment, but also the pervasive impact of rivers on settlement, farming and industry. However, there is more to water than simple functionality, and this display also delves into its symbolic and allegorical nature.

 

Sir William Orpen (1878-1931)

A Nude Girl Seated on a Bed

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James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)

La vieille aux loques (The Old Rag-Picker)

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Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898)

The Battle of the Beaux and the Belles

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Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948)

Merz V

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