The English school of painting was officially recognised
at the beginning of the 18th century through the work of
William Hogarth. It includes works by the most famous
English artists, such as Thomas Gainsborough, Joseph
Mallord William Turner, John Constable, Edward Burne-
Jones, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. This subject is introduced
with a very unique text, published in 1882: a French study
of English pictorial art. The author, Ernest Chesneau, was
highly-cultured, an art historian and inspector of Fine Arts.
He explains the beginnings of this school which excels in
portraiture and landscapes, and reminds us of the English
brilliance regarding watercolours, not forgetting to include
the work of the Pre-Raphaelites.