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Friends of the Fitzwilliam Spring 2019 Events



To book by phone call 01223 357851.

In person visit City Centre Box Office, 2 Wheeler Street, Cambridge CB2 3QB

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Full details of all Friends events can be found in the latest newsletter.


Friends Study Morning

Collecting and Giving: Highlights from the Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor Bequest with the curators of the exhibition

Tuesday 29 January • 10.15 – 13.00

Sir Ivor was a notable collector of paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics, glass and bronzes who maintained a close relationship with the Fitzwilliam, gifted several hundred works during his lifetime. He first made contact with the Museum in 1990 and supported it over the following 15 years.

On his death, much of the collection came to The Fitzwilliam Museum on long-term loan and now forms the basis of a substantial bequest to the Applied Arts and Paintings Drawings and Prints departments. Sir Ivor specified that his collection should be bequeathed through Art Fund (or National Art Collections Fund as it appears in the will), and that the Fitzwilliam stage an exhibition of a selection of his collection ‘as soon as is convenient’ after receiving the bequest, which also includes funding to support a publication. The exhibition will illustrate the richness and diversity of the Batchelor

Bequest and highlight the Fitzwilliam as a ‘collection of collections’ defined by connoisseurship.

The study morning will be led by Hettie Ward, Assistant Keeper, Paintings Drawings and Prints, and Dr Julia Poole, Honorary Keeper of European Ceramics.

Places: 25 • Friends only
Cost: £20 includes coffee and cake
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum, meet in the
Seminar Room (35) at 10.15

IMAGE: Pocket beaker, Spanish, probably Almeria province, 17th or 18th century, C.204-2015


Friends Curatorial Morning

Money, Art and War: Treasures of the Department of Coins and Medals with Martin Allen and Adrian Popescu

Tuesday 19 February • 10.15 – 13.00

The Fitzwilliam Museum has one of the greatest collections of coins and medals in the world, and it is a leading centre of research in the subject. We have superb collections of Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Islamic and medieval coins, and we are also actively engaged in acquiring modern coins, medals and banknotes.

The ancient coins include many outstanding examples of ancient Greek art, and Roman coins of great historical importance. The collection of medieval European coins is the best in the world overall, largely due to the great generosity of the late Professor Philip Grierson in donating about 20,000 coins, but with many other significant collections and finds, including a hoard of nearly 2,000 medieval coins from Chesterton Lane Corner. There are many important art medals from the Renaissance and more recent times, and a superb collection of military medals donated by the family of the late Lester Watson.

The morning will be led by Dr Martin Allen, Senior Assistant Keeper Coins and Medals, and Dr Adrian Popescu, the Keeper of Coins and Medals. It will include a behind-the-scenes visit to the Department of Coins and Medals, and an opportunity to see and handle some of the department’s most interesting objects.

Places: 25 • Friends only
Cost: £20 includes coffee and cake
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum, meet in the Seminar Room (35) at 10.15

IMAGE: Edward III gold noble of the 1350s from the Chesterton Lane Corner hoard.


History of Art Graduate Student Talks

Tuesday 26 February • 11.30 – 13.00

Graduate students from the History of Art Department are keen to hone their presentation skills before an interested audience. Come along to hear all about their research and interests.

Alice Blow

The Discovery of Achilles among the daughters of Lykomedes: An oil sketch by Peter Paul Rubens

Places 20 • Friends only
Cost: Free, but booking essential
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum, meet in the Friends Room at 11.30 for coffee and cake. Talk begins at 12.00.


Friends Study Afternoon

Whistler & Nature: A presentation and exhibition tour with the curator and the exhibition book co-author.

Tuesday 12 March • 14.15 – 16.30

Drawing together more than 100 works from the collections of the Hunterian Art Gallery, The Fitzwilliam Museum, the V&A and the Ashmolean Museum, Whistler & Nature (8 January – 17 March) examines 19th-century gradations of the productive versus the ‘wild’ landscape, and reviews the work of James McNeill Whistler (1834 – 1903) – a modernising, innovative artist of his time.

Whistler came from a family of soldiers and engineers. Drawing and map-making were important components of the military training that Whistler acquired as an officer cadet at West Point Academy from 1851 to 1854, where he attempted to fulfil his father’s desire to make engineering or architecture his profession.

The works in this exhibition explore shifts between the natural and man-made worlds – rivers and wharves; gardens and courtyards – and between the ideal and the naturalistic. This vision is underpinned by Whistler’s kinship with the makers of railways, bridges and ships, cornerstones of Victorian wealth and trade. The works in this exhibition were forged at a time when land was the predominant source of wealth, and also the scene of suburban life and leisure.

The Study Afternoon will be led by the exhibition curator Dr Patricia de Montfort, Lecturer in History of Art/Curator in Whistler Studies (History of Art), University of Glasgow, and the exhibition book co-author, Professor Clare A.P. Willsdon, History of Western Art, School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow.

Exhibition developed by Compton Verney, in partnership with The Hunterian, University of Glasgow.

Places: 40 • Guests welcome
Cost: £20 includes tea and cake
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum, meet in the Seminar Room (35) at 14.15

IMAGE: James McNeill Whistler, Battersea Reach from Lindsey Houses, 1864 - 1871 © The Hunterian, University of Glasgow


Friends Day Trip

Guided Tour of Ely Cathedral including a visit to the Stained Glass Museum and a guided historical walk of Ely

Wednesday 20 March • 9.30 – 17.00

Ely Cathedral, with its unique 14th century octagonal lantern tower, is counted among the marvels of the medieval world. Much of the cathedral is over nine hundred years old and it offers a rich architectural history, including the sumptuous 13th-century Quire and the beautiful 14th century Lady Chapel.

The Fitzwilliam Museum and Ely Cathedral share a sad event in history. George Basevi, the original architect of The Fitzwilliam Museum did not see his vision for the building completed. Tragically, while inspecting repairs at Ely Cathedral in 1845, he accidentally fell through the floor of the West Tower and died.

The Stained Glass Museum offers a unique insight into the fascinating history of stained glass, an art-form that has been practised in Britain for at least thirteen hundred years. The permanent gallery displays over 125 stained glass panels representing eight hundred years of the history of this ancient art, from the thirteenth century to the present day. All the stained glass panels in the gallery are displayed at eye-level, enabling visitors to have a rare close encounter with the art of stained glass.

After lunch, we will enjoy a guided historical walking tour of Ely, before returning to the Cathedral for refreshments and our return journey to Cambridge at approximately 16.30

9.30 Cambridge – Milton P&R – coach collection

10.00 Arrive (approx.) in Ely

10.15 Refreshments at the Refectory

10.45 Guided tour of Ely Cathedral

12.00 Visit to the Stained Glass Museum

12.45 Lunch / free time

14.00 Guided City of Ely historical walk

15.30 Tea in the Almonry

16.30 Depart from Ely

Places: 40 • Guests welcome
Cost: £45 includes morning and afternoon refreshments and return coach travel. Lunch by own arrangement or bring your own. If you would like to add the option of a Tower Tour to your visit, this would be an additional cost of £9.50 per person. Please note that a reasonable level of fitness is required.
Venue: Ely Cathedral and the Stained Glass Museum
Organiser: Samantha Massey


Friends Conservation Morning

Fans Unfolded: Conserving the Lennox-Boyd collection with the Fitzwilliam Museum conservators

Thursday 25 April • 10.15 – 13.00

Showcasing rare and exquisitely decorated fans from the newly acquired collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd, this display reveals the techniques behind the making, investigation and conservation of fans.

The collection of over 600 objects ranges in date from the 18th to the 20th century and in type from bejewelled and hand-painted court and wedding fans, to printed mass-produced advertising fans, aide-memoire fans, mourning fans and children’s fans. A conservation project generously funded by the Marlay Group has allowed us to display a selection of these fragile but extraordinary objects for the first time.

The morning will begin with a presentation by Dr Victoria Avery, Keeper of Applied Arts. Friends will be invited to join our conservators in the exhibition in the Sasakawa Fan Gallery, and will be led behind the scenes to the conservation studios for practical demonstrations of conservation techniques.

Places: 25 • Friends only
Cost: £20 includes coffee and cake
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum, meet in the Seminar Room (35) at 10.15

IMAGE: © The Fitzwilliam Museum