May 21, 2022

FT: Pre-Photographic Images ‘Saved’ in New Online Archive (Free Online Database of 80,000 Documentary Watercolours Painted Before 1900)

From the Financial Times:

Watercolours painted by soldiers, surveyors and scientists to document the world in the pre-photographic era have been published online as part of a project to preserve an overlooked repository of historic imagery.

The Watercolour World, a not-for-profit initiative founded by Fred Hohler, a former British diplomat, has launched a free website with 80,000 watercolour images from 1750 to 1900 — and called for private collections to record their works on the site before these fragile and often undervalued paintings are lost.

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