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Welsh Landscape with Sleeping Reaper by John Craxton

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January 2014



Shepherd and Rocks by John Craxton

Installation shot

A world of private mystery: John Craxton, RA (1922 - 2009)

Until 21 April 2014

A fresh retrospective on John Craxton - from his beginnings as a young hope of post-war British art, creating dark, meditative images of the natural world, to works of incredible vibrancy, light and colour from his later life in Crete.

This is the first exhibition to explore his whole life; arranged in the Fitzwilliam’s Mellon Gallery it features a carefully chosen selection of over sixty of Craxton's finest pictures illustrating the constant evolution of his painting.

Edmund de Waal
On White: Porcelain Stories from the Fitzwilliam

Until 23 February 2014

Come and experience the visual drama of the intervention that renowned potter and Cambridge graduate, Edmund de Waal, has staged in four interconnected ground-floor galleries of the Museum. The re-curated spaces include two large-scale interventions. In addition, de Waal has selected porcelain items from the Museum’s permanent collections and placed them alongside objects from his residency in China, including poetry, photographs and letters. The exhibition examines the history of white and what it is that fascinates de Waal about porcelain.

The Courtesan Somenosuke by Kitagawa Utamaro

The Courtesan Somenosuke by Kitagawa Utamaro

The night of longing: Love and desire in Japanese prints

Until 12 January 2014

See beautiful Japanese prints depicting lovers from literature and life in this exhibition of 40 prints and books of the Edo and Meiji periods (1600 – 1900). Featuring works by some of the most famous artists of the time, the displays explore how love and desire were presented and accepted in Japanese art. Prints range from chaste expressions of longing, through to prints of lovers during their most intimate moments.

From root to tip: Botanical art in Britain

28 January – 11 May 2014

This exhibition brings together a selection of watercolours from the Fitzwilliam’s outstanding collection of botanical art. It draws on over 300 years of work by both professional and amateur artists, tracing a history of flower drawing in Britain.

Works on show date from the seventeenth century to present day. See finely executed watercolours by many well-known and influential artists, including Georg Dionusius Ehret, who settled in Britain in 1736, and William Henry Hunt. These are displayed alongside recently acquired pieces by contemporary artists such as Margaret Stones and Rebecca John.


 Extreme Unction by Nicolas Poussin

Late Opening

Fri 10 January: open until 20.00

See A world of private mystery: John Craxton, RA (1922-2009) after hours.

Poussin and Raphael

Tue 28 January: 18.30 – 20.00

Join Professor Paul Joannides from the University of Cambridge for a slide lecture. Includes a reception and an opportunity to view Poussin’s work after the talk.
FREE but booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email:


Free. Admission by token, 1 per person, available at the Courtyard Entrance desk from 12.45 on the day. For our full season of talks and locations visit our website

A personal tour of a world of private mystery: John Craxton, RA (1922-2009)

Wed 8 January: 13.15 & 14.15

With Ian Collins, author of the biography John Craxton.

How to make an Egyptian coffin

Wed 15 January: 13.15 – 14.00

With Julie Dawson, Senior Assistant Keeper (Conservation).

Poets in a landscape: The romantic spirit in British art from Blake and Palmer to Craxton

Wed 22 January: 13.15 – 14.00

With Simon Martin, Curator, Writer and Art Historian.

Art Speak

Tue 28 January: 13.15 – 13.45

Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art. No token necessary.

Illuminations on the conservation of manuscript fragments

Wed 29 January: 13.15 – 14.00

With Sibel Ergener, Conservation Intern (Manuscripts & Printed Books).

 Pastoral for P.W. by John Craxton


Booking Essential. To register your interest please contact 01223 332904 or email Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment.

 Man drawing

Sketch: Antiquities

Fri 17 January: 10.15 – 13.00

Enjoy sketching? Join this friendly drawing group inspired by the Fitzwilliam exhibitions and collections, with a different focus every month. Bring your own sketchbook, pencils and ideas or borrow ours. This is not an artist led session.
£5 per session

Adult writing workshop

Sat 18 January: 14.00 – 16.00

Take an afternoon tour of the John Craxton exhibition and enjoy a creative writing workshop in the Education Studio inspired by painting.
£12 (£10 concessions and Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum)

MUSE: Use paint and mixed media to interpret the Edmund de Waal exhibition

Fri 24 January: 10.15 – 12.00

Discover new ways of working at this artist led workshop. Please note: places are limited to 15 and booking for each session opens on the first day of that month.
£10 per workshop


Booking Essential. To register your interest please contact 01223 332904 or email Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment.

ReSource: Constructionist sculpture inspired by the John Craxton exhibition, with artist Susie Olzak

Sat 11 January: 11.00 – 13.00

Ages 13 – 18

Join us in our art studio to develop your own ideas and projects based on this month’s theme.
£5 per session

Writing workshop for young people

Sun 19 January: 14.00 – 16.00

Ages 14+

Come and explore our exhibition of John Craxton’s work. Discover more about his development as an artist both through his travels and the influence of other major artists. Then learn how to use writing to express your own creativity.
FREE but booking essential

 Pastoral for P.W. by John Craxton


To book contact: 01223 332904 | . Places confirmed on receipt of payment. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Family First Saturday

Sat 7 December: 14.00 – 16.00

All Ages

Visit our Fitz Family Welcome Point and collect drawing materials, activities and trails to use throughout the Museum, exploring a variety of themes.

Free, no booking required.


The Young Dürer: Drawing the Figure

The Courtauld Gallery | Until 12 January 2014

FINAL WEEKS: Discover the early figure drawings of the great Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer.

This is your chance to see outstanding early works by Dürer and his contemporaries, many of which have never been seen in the United Kingdom.

Find out more and book tickets online.



Seasonal treats and shopping at the Fitz

Find Christmas cards, decorations and unique art inspired gifts and jewellery in our shop.  Special items this year include a new winter scarf collection, gifts from Japan (complementing the exhibition The Night of Longing) and arty stocking-fillers.  Our café has a variety of seasonal treats including mince pies, stollen and hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows.



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All images © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, unless otherwise stated


Picture 4: Landscape, Hydra, 1963-7, Image © Estate of John Craxton

Picture 5: a thousand hours (detail), Edmund de Waal

Picture 7:  Making Columns for the Tower of Babel, 1933, © The Estate of Stanley Spencer 2013. All rights reserved DACS. Photo © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Picture 10: Albrecht Dürer, Wise Virgin, Courtauld Gallery