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ID number:  BIRBI-2010.3
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Brett, John (1831-1902)
Title / Object name:  Study of Warwick Castle (‘The White Waterlily’)
Object type:  Watercolour
Place made:  Warwick
Culture:  British
Date made:  1860
Materials:  Watercolour on paper
Measurements:  254 x 355 mm
Provenance:  Purchased from the Fine Art Society, London, November 2010

Early on in his career, John Brett, the leading Pre-Raphaelite landscape artist, visited the West Midlands where he produced this view of Warwick Castle. This watercolour study is, along with an early sketch, the only record of a now lost oil of the same subject. It shows the cliff-like south façade of the castle, the sheer bulk of the structure contrasted with and softened by the brilliant summer evening sky. In the foreground, children in a punt pick lilies in the River Avon.

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