William Dyce, 1806 - 1864. Artist

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William Dyce, 1806 - 1864. Artist 1832
  • Scottish Art
In this intimate and immediate watercolour, Scott shows his friend William Dyce sketching in a gondola, with the domes and towers of Venice behind him. The blanket over his knees suggests that it is a chilly day out on the lagoon. This was the Aberdonian artist's third trip to Italy and the study of early Italian painting was a crucial influence on his own style. Later in his career he was associated with the younger group of artists known as the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, who shared his delight in meticulous detail.

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Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

A group of mid-19th century English artists inspired by the simplicity of pre-Renaissance Italian art, the name meaning 'before Raphael'. They favoured a close observation of nature and rejected academic rules. They drew on literature for subject matter and were closely associated with the Arts and Crafts movement. Members included John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti.


A paint with colouring and binding agents diluted with water. It has a transparent quality and is usually applied to paper.

Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Watercolour


  • Acc. No. PG 208
  • Medium Watercolour on paper
  • Size 24.20 x 22.80 cm (framed: 43.81 x 59.05 cm)
  • Credit Presented by William Bell Scott 1887