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GALLERY ? NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, London *************************** The Victorians to the New Elizabethans: Opening ofthe New Galleries of Victorian and Earlier 20th Century Portraits Galleries Designed by Piers Gough The National Portrait Gallery announces the opening on 13 September 1996 of its spectacularly transformed galleries of Victorian and Early 20th Century portraits. The first floor, one third of the gallery's display space, will now house portraits from 1837 to 1960, encompassing one of the most remarkable periods of British history from the growth of empire and the development of the modem industrial state, through two world wars to the 'new Elizabethans'. It will also range over some of the most fascinating portraits in the Gallery's collection, from the pre-Raphaelites to the neo-Romantics, the Bronte Sisters to T.S. Eliot and Disraeli to Macmillan. Such gems as Choosing, G.F. Watts's famous portrait of his wife, Ellen Terry, Lord Leighton's portrait of Sir Richard Burton, Vanessa Bell's portrait of her sister Virginia Woolf and Michael Ayrton's elegant William Walton will hang in the new galleries. Sir Henry Raeburn (1756-1823) • 24 October 1997 - 1 February 1998 · Sir Henry Raebum is by far the best-known of all Scottish painters. A major loan exhibition of Raebum's portraits, shown to illuminate a whole society, that of Edinburgh and Scotland in the era of the late 'Enlightenment' — in a way that is unparalleled and the exhibition, besides being a visual delight, will also throw light on the artist's life and times. Redolent of that world are dramatic portraits of judges like the crotchety Lord Elgin and the eloquent Lord Newton. SCOTTISH NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, Edinburgh *********************************** Double Vision: 19th Century Stereoscopic Photography ? 12 December 1996 - 23 February 1997 · A three dimensional glimpse into the fascinating world of 19th-century stereoscopic photography is offered in this unusual exhibition. Featuring around fifty works from the Gallery's permanent collection, the images in Double Vision Gallery Stroll221 are viewed through hand-held stereoscopic viewers to reveal an uncannily realistic 3-D image. This enormously successful process was first developed in the 1850s. Although the novelty soon wore off, stereoscopy enjoyed a revival in the 189Os with the advent of American firms like Underwood and Underwood, whose output of images ran into millions. The public's enthusiasm was to last until the outbreak of World War I but the stereoscope was ultimately superseded by moving pictures. VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM, London *************************** Public and Private: Women's Lives in 19th-century Art • 9 April - 14 September · From the life-model to the middle-class mother, from the 'Angel in the House' to the agricultural worker, women were the focus of moralizing narrative and sentimental fantasy in paint and print throughout the 19th century. Public perceptions of women's roles, alongside the contrasting private realities, are explored. Women are represented not only as subjects for the painter in the work of Etty, Redgrave, Rossetti and Burne-Jones among others, but also as artists in their own right, such as Helen AIlingham, Sarah Setchell and Kate Greenaway. Good Taste and True Principles: Textiles from the Great Exhibition The founders of the V&A's collections found little to praise among European products at the Great Exhibition, but they admired the oriental textiles. This display looks at the earliest acquisitions of textiles, focusing on a group of fabrics from Algeria, Tunisia, Turkey and Syria which were bought at the Great Exhibition of 1 85 1 and shortly afterwards. Women Bookbinders • 9 April - 29 June · Following the publication of her book, Women Bookbinders, 1880-1920 (London: British Library, September 1996), the National Art Library has invited Marianne Tidcombe to organize a display of bindings and related material in the Library's collection. This will include the work and binding tools of Sybil Pye and Sarah Prideaux. YALE CENTER FOR BRITISH ART, New Haven ***************************** The Human Form Divine: William Blakefrom the Paul Mellon Collection • 2 April - 6 July · Apocalyptic, revolutionary, lyrical, prescient, and bewildering are all terms that have been used to describe the vision of one of the most gifted rebels of the Romantic era. In Jerusalem, the Emanation of the Giant Albion, his master synthesis of visual imagery...


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