Around the world with Robert Elwes

The admired Victorian artist-traveller Robert Elwes' paintings, previously believed to have been destroyed by fire with his house, have recently been rediscovered by The Watercolour World

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Mount Vesuvius

Whenever the volcano erupted, artists would flock to it instead of running for cover

How watercolour shaped the British coastline

Scientists are using paintings to chart the long-term effects of climate change and  development on the coast.  

When did picnics become popular?

A short introduction to the history of outdoor eating

Australia as drawn by convicts

In the early days of European settlement, many of the most talented artists in Australia were serving sentences

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