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September 2014


Virgin of Sorrows: last weeks to donate

Help the Fitzwilliam acquire the mesmerisingly beautiful Virgin of Sorrows by Pedro de Mena. £85,000 is still needed to secure the realistic painted wood bust by the end of September 2014.

Donate online here, or contact Sue Rhodes, Development Officer, , 01223 332939.

Campaign supported by The Art Fund and The Henry Moore Foundation.





Caroline Watson and Female Printmaking in Late Georgian England

23 September – 4 January 2015

Caroline Watson (1760/61 - 1814) was one of the most skillful engravers working in late 18th century England.  She can be seen as the first British professional woman engraver. 

See a selection of her portrait and subject prints, together with those of other contemporary women printmakers.  It is accompanied by a catalogue by the curator David Alexander, Honorary Keeper of British Prints.

Curator talk with David Alexander

24 September: 13.15 - 14.00

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La Grande Guerre: French prints of the First World War

Until 28 September

See French colour lithographs and woodcuts from the series La Grande Guerre, illustrating events of the first seven months of World War I. Scenes of action in the form of battles, sieges and air strikes are punctuated by moments of relative repose, including depictions of English and Scottish soldiers drinking tea and Indian soldiers at prayer.




Silent Partners: Artist and Mannequin from Function to Fetish

Opening 14 October

Set a date for our next major exhibition opening in October.

For centuries, the mannequin, or lay figure, was little more than a studio tool, a piece of equipment as necessary as easel, pigments and brushes. It gradually moved centre stage to become the subject of the painting, and eventually became a work of art in its own right.

Silent Partners will be one of the most diverse exhibitions ever hosted at the Fitzwilliam with over 180 paintings, drawings, books, photographs, fashion dolls, trade catalogues, patent documents, videos, and life-size mannequins.



The conservation of illuminated manuscript fragments

Until 28 September
Rothschild Gallery

This focused display highlights the Museum’s collection of illuminated manuscript fragments and provides a unique glimpse behind the scenes into the world of contemporary conservation and some of the considerable challenges that these beautiful objects pose. Learn about the conservator’s choice of materials and treatment methods, and see detailed close-up images of fully conserved fragments showing pigments under magnification.


1914: War and Money

30 September 2014 - 25 January 2015
Flowers Gallery (17)

World War I consumed vast quantities of money as well as lives. This display of coins, medals, banknotes and government bonds provides an insight into the desperate measures that had to be used to maintain a supply of money, from the transition of gold coinage at the outbreak of war in 1914 to inflationary paper money by 1918 when the great European empires fell.



To book contact: 01223 332904 | Places confirmed on receipt of payment.

Masterpieces in colour and design: Medieval to contemporary stained glass at the Stained Glass Museum

Thu 8 September: 14.00

With Dr Jasmine Allen, Curator, The Stained Glass Museum, Ely. 

This is the first in the series of four talks - Radiance and Reflection: Glass collections in East Anglia
£6 per talk (£5 concessions and Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum), £20 for whole series. All proceeds will be donated to the Stained Glass Museum, Ely.


Fri 26 September: 10.15 – 12.00

Discover new ways of working at this artist led workshop inspired by Museum exhibitions and collections.  This month looking at clay portrait busts, following in the footsteps of Jacob Epstein.
£10 per workshop. Please note: places are limited to 15 and booking for each session opens on the first day of that month.





To book contact: 01223 332904 | . Places confirmed on receipt of payment.


ReSource: Cubist art – what it’s about and how to make it

Sat 20 September: 11.00 – 13.00

Ages 11 – 18

Enjoy art and want to develop your own ideas and projects? Join us in our art studio with a different guest artist each month. These sessions are specifically designed for young people.
£5 per session



To book contact: 01223 332904 | . Places confirmed on receipt of payment.  Children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the whole duration of any workshop.

Family First Saturdays: Sculpture

Sat 6 September: 14.00 - 16.00

On the first Saturday of each month visit our Fitz Family Welcome Point in the Courtyard and collect drawing materials, activities and trails to use throughout the Museum. This month's theme is coins and medals.
Free, drop-in

Building a book

Sat 13 September: 10.30 – 12.00

Ages 8 – 12

Join artist Ella McCartney to look at how artists have created and decorated books and manuscripts, then produce your own sketchbook to take away.
£5 per child

It’s Magic!

Tue 23 September: 10.00 – 11.30
(repeated 24 September)

Ages 2 – 5

Looking at art can be magical. Explore work in the collections and make art of your own in the studio to take home.
£3 per child




Enjoy a free Sunday classical concert in the beautiful surroundings of Gallery 3 from 13.15 – 14.00. Admission is by token, 1 per person, available at the Founder’s Entrance desk on a first- come first-served basis from 12.00 on the day of the concert. Space is limited – no standing room available. Voluntary collection after each concert. Programmes may be subject to change.


Alumni weekend concert

28 September

Chloe Beresford Jones (soprano), Helen Groves (soprano) and Jill Morton (piano) perform songs by Poulenc, Tchaikovsky, Berg and Strauss.




The Great Gallery re-opens

19 September 2014
The Wallace Collection

The Great Gallery houses one of the finest collections of Old Master paintings in the world and has been described as “the greatest picture gallery in Europe.” On 19 September, following a two year refurbishment, it will reopen with a new hang, including some major works previously displayed elsewhere in the Collection.

Quentin Blake: Artists on the Beach

Until 15 October
Jerwood Gallery

See Quentin Blake's artistic responses to ten of his highlights from the Jerwood Collection of 20th century British art. The exhibition gives a personal and touching insight into the work and lives of artists from the collection, including Sir Stanley Spencer, Christopher Wood and L.S. Lowry in Blake's signature style.


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All images © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, unless otherwise stated
Header: Caroline Watson (c.1760-1814), Miranda, 1784, stipple printed in red, after Robert Edge Pine. Collection of David Alexander.
6. First series Treasury issue pound note, 1914, Designed at Royal Mint from sketches by Frederick Atterbury, Reproduced with kind permission of the Bank of England
8. Think Big Paint Big © ohdearbarb (Flickr Creative Commons)
11. Frans Hals, The Laughing Cavalier, Netherlands, 1624. P84. © By kind permission of the Trustees of the Wallace Collection
12. © Quentin Blake 2014