Tracing the evolution of the practice of drawing in Britain from the 17th through the mid-20th century, "100 Great British Drawings" presents rarely seen treasures from The Huntington's collection. Works by William Blake, John Constable, Henry Fuseli, Thomas Gainsborough, Samuel Palmer, and J.M.W. Turner are featured, as well as examples by artists associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and early 20th-century modernism. A fully illustrated catalog accompanies the exhibition to reveal for the first time the strength and diversity of The Huntington's collection, a significant portion of which has never been published before.
The Huntington's collection of British drawings and watercolors is among the largest outside of Britain, with more than 12,000 works representing the great masters of the medium. As the most spontaneous and intimate of art forms, drawing reveals the thoughts and mood of the artist through the stroke of a pen or touch of a brush dipped in watercolor. It is a practice often particularly associated with British artists, whose engagement with the medium is revealed in this major exhibition of 100 artworks.