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Tate has a fine collection of British School art on paper spanning the sixteenth to the late nineteenth centuries. This rich and varied collection includes:
- satirical prints by William Hogarth
- visionary prints and watercolours by William Blake and Samuel Palmer
- preparatory works by the Pre-Raphaelite artists Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones
- exquisite watercolour illustrations by Helen Beatrix Potter for her book The Tailor of Gloucester.
Like the Oppé Collection and Turner Bequest the Historic British collection is also rich in landscape watercolours and engravings, featuring the works of Thomas Girtin, John Sell Cotman and Peter De Wint.