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April 2014



Fri 11 April: 17.00 – 20.00

Artist John Craxton loved life in Greece: the food, the music and the warm, luminous landscapes. Come and experience his take on Greece with a final celebration and personal tours of the exhibition A world of private mystery: John Craxton, RA (1922-2009) before it closes on 21 April.

With food, drink and mezzedes available to purchase in our own Greek courtyard, live Mediterranean music, and Craxton’s own dazzling Greek paintings upstairs, enjoy a taste of Greece here in Cambridge. The evening includes a live acoustic set from Daphna Sadeh:

Free admission.






The Courtesan Somenosuke by Kitagawa Utamaro

The Rampant Lions Press: A letterpress odyssey

Until 18 May 2014

Inspired by the venerable tradition of private presses in England, the Rampant Lions Press was a small publisher of fine editions and a designer-printer for other publishers. With very few exceptions, they designed every book that came out of the workshop.

They printed all books by letterpress, mostly on hand or mould-made papers. They specialised in elegant, but colourful typography, and made inventive use of a small repertoire of exceptional metal typefaces, including several designed by Hermann Zapf and the Golden Cockerel Roman designed by Eric Gill.

From root to tip: Botanical art in Britain

Until 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.



Shepherd and Rocks by John Craxton


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.

Art, revolution and war: France, 1789 - 1914

Until 28 September 2014

Medals, coins and banknotes illustrate key moments in the political and artistic history of France. This display focuses on the 1789 revolution, Napoleon, the 1848 revolution, and the artistic triumphs of Art Nouveau.

One of the most famous examples of the Art Nouveau style in French medals is Orphée (pictured above) by Marie-Alexandre Lucien Coudray. This was exhibited to great acclaim at the 1900 Universal Exhibition in Paris, with thousands of copies sold to art lovers.




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.


John Craxton and the art of Crete

Wed 2 April: 13.15 - 14.00

With Professor Maria Vassilaki, University of Thessaly, and close friend of John Craxton.

Collaboration and invention: Contemporary printmaking

Wed 9 April: 13.15 - 14.00

With Kip Gresham, The Print Studio, Cambridge.

Art Speak

Tue 15 April: 13.15 - 13.45

Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art.

Putting Something of a relationship III into context

Wed 23 April: 13.15 - 14.00

With David Reekie, British glass sculptor.

Silk gloves and mangoes: What the well-to-do bought in 18th-century London, part 2

Wed 30 April: 13.15 - 14.00

With Elenor Ling, Research Assistant (Paintings, Drawings and Prints).




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Sketch: Architecture

Fri 11 April: 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.

MUSE: Egg tempera and Renaissance art

Fri 25 April: 10.15 – 12.00

Discover new ways of working at this artist led workshop.
£10 per workshop.

 Hand drawing


Inset morning for secondary art teachers

Sat 26 April: 10.30 - 13.00

Find new ways of working with the Fitzwilliam Museum and other University Museums’ collections for your student’s research sketchbooks and exam themes at GCSE, A Level and BTEC.
£10 per teacher.




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ReSource: Drawing in colour inspired by the John Craxton exhibition, with Ruth Blundell

Sat 12 April: 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.




Family First Saturday
From root to tip: Drawing nature

Sat 5 April: 14.00 – 16.00

All Ages (Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult)

Visit our Fitz Family Welcome Point and collect drawing materials, activities and trails to use throughout the Museum.
Free, no booking required.

Drawing Together
From root to tip: Weird and wonderful plants

Wed 9 April: 12.00 - 16.00

All Ages (Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult)

Drop-in and draw at the Museum with activities available from the Fitz Family Welcome Family Point.
Free, no booking required.




Discoveries: Art, Science and Exploration from the University of Cambridge Museums

Until 27 April 2014

Two Temple Place, London

Don't miss the last chance to see Discoveries in the extraordinary interiors of Two Temple Place on London’s Embankment.

The first major exhibition to bring together the fascinating collections from all eight University of Cambridge Museums, Discoveries displays objects that span millennia; from artworks to scientific artefacts, historic instruments to rare zoological specimens.

Visit the full Discoveries website to find out more about the objects on display.

Watch a short film about the exhibition made by one of the conservators.


Audley End, House and Gardens

From 1 April

The spectacular house and gardens of Audley End are re-opening for the summer with a restored Victorian nursery and coal gallery.

The nursery suite was the private domain of the 3rd Lord Braybrooke's eight children and their entourage of nursemaids and governesses in the 1830s. There is plenty for young visitors to play with from dollhouses and cards, to chess, a rocking horse, and even dress-up period clothes! The restored coal gallery provided warmth and hot water to the mansion's upper floors, giving a glimpse into working life in the house.

Visit the Audley End website.



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All images © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, unless otherwise stated
Header: John Craxton, Landscape, Hydra, 1963-7, Photo © Artist's Estate
Picture 1: John Craxton, Still Life with Three Sailors, 1980 to 85, Private Collection, Photo © Artist's Estate
Picture 2: Tiger, image © Rampant Lions Press
Picture 4: John Craxton, Shepherd and Rocks, 1943, Britten Pears Foundation, Photo © Artist's Estate
Picture 6: John Craxton, Cretan Gorge, 1966, Private Collection, Photo © Artist's Estate
Picture 7: Hand drawing © (Flickr Creative Commons)
Picture 9: Paint brushes © ohdearbarb (Flickr Creative Commons)
Picture 11: Exhibition photo from Discoveries, Photo © University of Cambridge Museums
Picture 12: Victorian Nursery suite, Audley End, © English Heritage