Art: Gentlemanly Technique

Watercolor, in the 18th and 19th centuries, was known on the Continent as the "English style"—a bow to the fact that though artists in many lands used the medium, none used it with greater enthusiasm than the painters of England. This month the National Gallery in Washington opens an exhibition of 200 English drawings and watercolors from the Mellon collection and from twelve British museums and the Queen's private collection (see color). There will be few shows in 1962 more pleasing.

The credit for the watercolor's popularity in England, some scholars say, goes...

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