Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis




College of Arts and Sciences

First Advisor

Andrew Graciano


This thesis catalogs a portion of the Wigger Collection of British Watercolors at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina. The 48 entries featured here represent a range of watercolorists active in the mid-eighteenth century through the middle of the nineteenth century in Great Britain. Bequeathed to the Museum in 2004, this collection has remained largely un-researched, until now. This catalog begins to document and examine the professional and personal relationships between the artists represented. These relationships and the knowledge passed between each generation of watercolorists created common threads of shared techniques which are examined, most notably the picturesque aesthetic. Biographical information on several artists along with contextual information on each work places these watercolors in the larger framework of the British artistic tradition.