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'The field calls me to labour': Watercolours of nineteenth-century rural Britain by Robert Hills (1769-1844) and his contemporaries

The early nineteenth century was a turbulent period of transition for the rural environment, and has clear parallels with issues which face the countryside today, such as safeguarding green spaces and the increased isolation of farming communities.

Although relatively unknown to audiences today, Hills was at the vanguard in promoting the appreciation of watercolour painting among British audiences at the beginning of the nineteenth century. His watercolours - often intimate and spontaneous 'snapshots' of nature and the countryside around him - are highly original, and reveal a freshness of vision that offers us a glimpse into the life of the people who work and live on the land. Drawn exclusively from the Museum’s outstanding collection of British watercolours, they will be shown alongside the drawings and watercolours of contemporary artists such as James Ward, David Cox and Peter de Wint.

The exhibition is supported by Lowell Libson Ltd.

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Charrington Print Room (Gallery 16)



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‘The field calls me to labour’
The Fitzwilliam Museum Watercolours of nineteenth-century rural Britain by Robert Hills (1769-1844) and his contemporaries

Currently at the Royal Academy is an exhibition of work by John Frederick Lewis, one of the following generation of members of the Society of Painters in Water-Colour. Two of his studies of animals can be seen in 'The field calls me to labour'.
Exhibition: The Young Lion: Early Drawings by John Frederick Lewis (1804 - 1876) at the Royal Academy