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  • Aubrey Beardsley, 'Frontispiece to Chopin's Third Ballade' 1895

    Aubrey Beardsley
    Frontispiece to Chopin's Third Ballade 1895
    Pen and ink and ink wash on paper
    unconfirmed: 260 x 245 mm
    Presented by the Patrons of British Art through the Tate Gallery Foundation 1999

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  • Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt, 'Desiderium' 1873

    Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt
    Desiderium 1873
    Pencil on paper
    support: 210 x 133 mm
    Presented by Sir Philip Burne-Jones Bt 1910

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  • William Blake, 'The Simoniac Pope' 1824-7

    William Blake
    The Simoniac Pope 1824-7
    Pen and ink and watercolour on paper
    support: 527 x 368 mm
    Purchased with the assistance of a special grant from the National Gallery and donations from the Art Fund, Lord Duveen and others, and presented through the the Art Fund 1919

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  • William Hogarth, 'A Rake's Progress (plate 5)' 1735

    William Hogarth
    A Rake's Progress (plate 5) 1735
    Etching and engraving on paper
    image: 314 x 391 mm
    Transferred from the reference collection 1973

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  • Thomas Girtin, 'The White House at Chelsea' 1800

    Thomas Girtin
    The White House at Chelsea 1800
    Watercolour on paper
    support: 298 x 514 mm
    Bequeathed by Mrs Ada Montefiore 1933

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  • Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 'Elizabeth Siddall Plaiting her Hair' date not known

    Dante Gabriel Rossetti
    Elizabeth Siddall Plaiting her Hair date not known
    Pencil on paper
    support: 171 x 127 mm
    Bequeathed by H.F. Stephens 1932

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  • Joseph Mallord William Turner, 'The Blue Rigi, Sunrise' 1842

    Joseph Mallord William Turner
    The Blue Rigi, Sunrise 1842
    Watercolour on paper
    support: 297 x 450 mm
    Purchased with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund (with a contribution from the Wolfson Foundation and including generous support from David and Susan Gradel, and from other members of the public through the Save the Blue Rigi appeal) Tate Members and other donors 2007

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  • John Singer Sargent, 'Dorothy Barnard' 1885-6

    John Singer Sargent
    Dorothy Barnard 1885-6
    Pencil on paper
    support: 248 x 210 mm
    Bequeathed by Miss Dorothy Barnard 1949

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  • Joseph Mallord William Turner, 'The Northampton Election, 6 December 1830' circa 1830-1

    Joseph Mallord William Turner
    The Northampton Election, 6 December 1830 circa 1830-1
    Watercolour and gouache, with pen and red and brown ink on paper
    support: 292 x 438 mm
    Purchased 2007

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  • Helen Beatrix Potter, ''Where is My Twist?'' circa 1902

    Helen Beatrix Potter
    'Where is My Twist?' circa 1902
    Pen and ink and watercolour on paper
    support: 111 x 92 mm
    Presented by Capt. K.W.G. Duke RN 1946 Frederick Warne & Co. Limited

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  • Edward Lear, 'Near Calvi' 1868

    Edward Lear
    Near Calvi 1868
    Ink and pencil on paper
    support: 152 x 229 mm
    Presented by the Earl of Northbrook 1910

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  • Sir Joshua Reynolds, 'Self-Portrait as a Figure of Horror' circa 1784

    Sir Joshua Reynolds
    Self-Portrait as a Figure of Horror circa 1784
    Chalk on paper
    frame: 629 x 470 x 32 mm support: 368 x 251 mm
    Bequeathed by Henry Vaughan 1900

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  • Alfred Stevens, 'Design for Roundel of a Door at Dorchester House' circa 1864

    Alfred Stevens
    Design for Roundel of a Door at Dorchester House circa 1864
    Ink wash on paper
    Presented by W.C. Alexander 1914

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  • John Roddam Spencer Stanhope, 'Study for 'Thoughts of the Past'' circa 1859

    John Roddam Spencer Stanhope
    Study for 'Thoughts of the Past' circa 1859
    Pen and ink on paper
    support: 610 x 318 mm
    Presented by Mrs Evelyn de Morgan 1917

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  • Peter De Wint, 'Ruins of the Bishop's Palace, Lincoln' date not known

    Peter De Wint
    Ruins of the Bishop's Palace, Lincoln date not known
    Watercolour on paper
    support: 419 x 521 mm
    Bequeathed by John Henderson 1879

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  • John Constable, 'Netley Abbey by Moonlight' circa 1833

    John Constable
    Netley Abbey by Moonlight circa 1833
    Watercolour and pencil on paper
    support: 146 x 200 mm
    Purchased 1969

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  • John Constable, David Lucas, 'Stonehenge' published 1855

    John Constable, David Lucas
    Stonehenge published 1855
    Mezzotint on paper
    image: 131 x 198 mm
    Purchased 1985

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  • David Cox, 'Clouds' 1857

    David Cox
    Clouds 1857
    Oil on paper
    image: 165 x 238 mm support: 165 x 238 mm
    Presented by Professor Luke Herrmann (from the Bruce Ingram Collection) through the Art Fund 2002

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  • George Romney, 'Serena in the Boat of Apathy' date not known

    George Romney
    Serena in the Boat of Apathy date not known
    Pencil, pen and ink and brush and ink on paper
    support: 297 x 249 mm
    Purchased as part of the Opp Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996

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  • Henry Fuseli, 'Charis Phykomené. Verso: Head of a Woman, Unfinished' 1791

    Henry Fuseli
    Charis Phykomen. Verso: Head of a Woman, Unfinished 1791
    Pencil, chalk and brush and watercolour on paper, Pencil, chalk and brush and watercolour on paper
    support: 280 x 198 mm
    Purchased as part of the Opp Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996

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  • Thomas Kerrich, 'Study of Two Clusters of Cumulus Clouds' circa 1795

    Thomas Kerrich
    Study of Two Clusters of Cumulus Clouds circa 1795
    Chalk on laid paper
    support: 226 x 280 mm
    Presented by Angus Neill in memory of Leslie Parris 2005

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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:  

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.

Prints and Drawings Rooms

The full range of historic British art in the collection can be surveyed in the Prints and Drawings Rooms.