Expansive Exhibition of Superlative British Watercolors at the Museum of Fine Arts, Saint Petersburg

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL.- Romantics to Moderns: British Watercolors and Drawings from the Collection of BNY Mellon features approximately 70 works on paper by 49 of Britain’s most gifted artists from the mid-1700s through 1935. The exhibition will be on view at the MFA through May 1, 2011. Represented artists include John Constable, Thomas Gainsborough, Samuel Palmer, John Ruskin, Walter Sickert, and J. M. W. Turner. The exhibition provides a nigh comprehensive history of 200 years of British watercolors and drawings—a first for the Tampa Bay area. Because of their fragility, these works are rarely exhibited. British watercolors are among the most striking ever produced. The medium began to flourish in eighteenth-century England and was pursued by talented artists and amateurs. Watercolor was considered part of a genteel education. Due to portable materials, artists could also work outdoors, vividly capturing beautiful