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Welcome to the Watercolour World

The Watercolour World

We are a UK-based charity working with public and private collections from around the world to create a free online database of documentary watercolours painted before 1900. Browse our interactive map or use the search page to discover the world as it looked before photography.

We have added almost 10,000 new watercolours this month including images of Egypt, India, Italy, Malta, Mexico, Norway, Romania, Switzerland, and the USA.