Drawing the Line, an exhibition at the Graves Gallery brings together a selection of works from the city’s collections to demonstrate the variety of ways in which the art form has been used throughout history.
It includes work by Edward Coley Burne-Jones, LS Lowry, Thomas Gainsborough, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Walter Richard Sickert and John Ruskin
Curator of Visual Art Hannah Brignellsaid in making her selection she was keen to include many pieces that were not often on show.
There is Sheffield metalwork designer Joyce Himsworth’s sketchbook, architectural studies by John Ruskin, and figure studies by Mark Gertler.
The works also show the diverse range of materials and how artists experimented creating very different effects.
Cornelius Varley’s portrait of the artist JMW Turner was made with the aid of the camera lucida. “Turner was known for hating to have his portrait taken and the reason he made an exception was probably because he was curious about this new device,” observes the curator.
The show is part of part of Museums Sheffield’s Drawing the Summer initiative. “It would be lovely to think that this will inspire people to start drawing”, said Hannah.
Drawing the Line is at the Graves Gallery until August 16.