Exhibition: Where Land and Water Meet: Norfolk’s Rivers, Streams, Brooks and Broads

Castle and Marketplace

At Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

Norfolk is famous for its extensive networks of rivers, streams and broads which have been an inspiration to generations of artists. This exhibition presents a selection of exquisite drawings and watercolours which capture the many different moods of the county’s waterways.

Important for trade, transport and industry in the past, Norfolk’s waterways are now a major tourist destination as well as a haven for wildlife. The artworks featured in this exhibition show some of the ways in which they have been depicted by talented artists often working en plein air, or ‘on the spot’.

Featuring atmospheric depictions by John Sell Cotman, Henry Bright, John Thirtle and Catherine Maud Nichols, among others, this exhibition is a wonderful way of exploring Norfolk’s waterways without leaving dry land.

Main page image: Frank Southgate (RBA.) (1872-1916), Gun Boat on the Norfolk Broads, 1901; watercolour on paper; loan from Norfolk Record Office 1972