New Special Exhibition Opens at The Gibbes Museum

New Special Exhibition Opens at The Gibbes Museum
Luminous Landscapes: The Golden Age of British Watercolors

CHARLESTON, S.C., June 21, 2019 – Today The Gibbes Museum of Art opened their newest special exhibition, Luminous Landscapes: The Golden Age of British Watercolors. The exhibition of British watercolors will be on display in galleries 2 & 3 of the museum, from June 21 - October 6, 2019.

Off Whitby, Morning, 1864,By William Roxley Beverly (British, 1811–1889); Watercolor on paper; 19 ½
x 29 ½ inches; Gift of John H.D. Wigger; 2004.011.0005

“We are delighted to be featuring these beautiful landscapes this Summer,” says Angela Mack, executive director of the Gibbes Museum of Art. “We aim to tell the story of Charleston through art, and many of the British artists featured in this exhibition impacted Lowcountry artists who were among the first American landscape painters. We hope visitors to the museum will enjoy these pieces that have been generously donated to us by local supporter John Wigger.”

This exhibition showcases a selection of works on paper created during the “Golden Age of Watercolor” in the 18th and 19th centuries in England. These romantic landscapes emphasized brilliant colors, loose brushstrokes and attention to light and atmospheric effects. Many of the artists featured in Luminous Landscapes such as John Varley (British, 1778–1842), Paul Sandby (British, 1725–1809) and David Cox Sr. (British, 1783–1859) were instrumental in elevating the status of watercolor painting over the century as it was brought to its full maturity in England and heavily influenced the work of burgeoning Lowcountry artists, Thomas Coram and Charles Fraser.

About the Gibbes Museum of Art
Home to the Carolina Art Association, established in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art is recognized among the oldest arts organizations in the United States. Housing one of the foremost collections of American Art from the 18th century to the present, the museum’s mission is to enhance lives through art by engaging people of every background and experience with art and artists of enduring quality and by providing opportunities to learn, to discover, to enjoy and to be inspired by the creative process. For more information, visit