The Enchanted River: 200 years of the watercolour society
Watercolour, the most British of art forms, was in its early years dismissed by the Royal Academy as an inferior medium. In 1804, a group of artists reacted against this to form what is today the Royal Watercolour Society. The new society enjoyed
immediate popularity and for most of the nineteenth century was at the heart of the British artistic establishment. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were regular visitors and buyers.
Simon Fenwick records the Society’s changing fortunes and the controversies, personal vendettas and financial crises which characterized much of its history.
Changing fashion in the late twentieth century brought about the re-establishment of the RWS as a significant force in contemporary painting, and the Society flourishes
again after its move to Bankside.
(HB) ISBN 978-1-904537-10-6
(SB) ISBN 978-1-904537-15-1
270 x 210mm