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GALLERY ES ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM, Oxford ********************** Nineteenth-century French Drawings • 5 January 1999 - 28 February 1999 · Many recent acquisitions wiU be included in the exhibition, together with a number of familiar major drawings. The highlight wiU be the recently acquired portrait by Ingres of Cu. CockereU, architect of the Ashmolean building. From Cozens to Palmer: Exhibition Watercolorsfrom the Permanent Collections • 30 March 1999 - 27 June 1999 · An exhibition to mark the completion of a programme of conservation and remounting of the outsize watercolors in the Museum's coUections. It also draws attention to the importance of the "exhibition watercolor" as a feature of nineteenth-century British art at a time when watercolorists were attempting to rival contemporary painters in oil by creating large, ambitious, eye-catching works for exhibition. BRITISH MUSEUM, London ***************** The Golden Sword - Stamford Raffles and the East • 19 December 1998-18 April 1999 · Room 28 Sir Stamford Raffles (1781-1826) is remembered today chiefly as the founder of Singapore, which he established in the face of direct orders to the contrary from his employers, the East India Company. Yet there was much more to this extraordinary and unpredictable man than this. Born in poverty, he attended school for only two years, but was formidably self-taught and became a noted scholar and researcher who greatly admired the peoples of what would become Malaysia and Indonesia. Raffles believed fervently in education, humanism and public service, corresponding with the greatest scholars and reformers of his age such as WiUiam Marsden, Sir Joseph Banks and WiUiam Wilberforce. He established the first modern links between Britain and Japan and helped form many of the ideas that still shape the way Europe experiences South-East Asia today. As a coUector, he brought together some of the most significant Eastern artefacts in the West 222Victorian Review This exhibition assembles, for the first time a wide variety of material that iUustrates Raffles's Ufe and his many different interests and achievements. It draws on the Museum's fine early collection of Javanese court art, made by Raffles between 1811 and 1816 when he was Lieutenant Governor of Java, comprising musical instruments, batik cloth, masks and shadow puppets, some of which are unique. Other items illustrate the role of the East India Company, one of the world's first 'multinationals'. Further exhibits derive from the numerous learned bodies that Raffles founded or promoted, such as the Royal Asiatic Society, the Royal Geographical Society, London Zoo and the Natural History Museum. The exhibition includes plant and animal specimens and drawings sent from Java and later Bengkulu, notably the original example of a giant parasitic plant Rafflesia arnoldi, discovered by Raffles in the Sumatran forest and preserved by him in a jar of spirit It was Raffles who revealed to the West the great eighth century Buddhist temple of Borobudur and the exhibition includes sculpture and the first sketches of what is now considered to be one of the wonders of the world. SCOTTISH NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, Edinburgh *********************************** Prophets and Pilgrims, Ruskin, Proust and Northern Gothic • 18 December 1998 - 7 March 1999 · A new exhibition at the Gallery this winter explores the influence of Victorian art critic and theorist John Ruskin (1819-1900) on some of the most important figures of the late nineteenth-century, in particular the French writer Marcel Proust (1871-1922) who spent six years of his life translating Ruskin's work into French. The exhibition will contain some of the best examples of Ruskin's drawings and watercolors, as well as nineteenth-century photographs of French Gothic cathedrals. These wiU include rare salt prints from the 1850s by the French photographers Henri Ie Secq and Charles MarviUe, on loan from the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. Examples of Ruskin's own daguerreotypes wiU also be on show. YALE CENTER FOR BRITISH ART, New Haven ***************************** "Doomed Youth": The Poetry and the Pity ofthe First World War • 22 June 1999 - 26 September 1999 · "Doomed Youth": The Poetry and the Pity of the First World War looks at the poetic response to the war at the Western Front Poems and memoirs form the core of the show and...


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