WEDNESDAY 31 OCTOBER 2018
Henry Tate – patron of the Pre-Raphaelites. Highlights of the Burne-Jones exhibition
In 1889 Henry Tate, an industrialist who had made his fortune as a sugar refiner, offered his collection of British nineteenth-century art to the nation and provided funding for the first Tate Gallery. When it first opened its doors to the public in 1897 it had just one site, displaying a small collection of British artworks. Tate’s original bequest of works, together with works from the National Gallery, formed the founding collection.
Today we have four major sites and at Tate Britain the National Collection of British art from 1500 to the present day, including British modern art. We will look at a general overview of the gallery and highlights of the collection.
Tate was a great patron of Pre-Raphaelite artists and his bequest of 65 paintings to the National Gallery included John Everett Millais’ Ophelia 1851–2 and J.W.Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott 1888.
The exhibition of the work of Edward Coley Burne-Jones opens at Tate Britain on 24 October 2018. The last of the Pre-Raphaelites, Burne-Jones is synonymous with a refined and spiritualised style of beauty. This will be London’s first major retrospective of his work for over 40 years, and will showcase 150 works which foreground Burne-Jones's belief in the redemptive power of art.
Cost (including coffee, lunch and tea): Members and waiting list: £32, Guests £35 Numbers are limited to 40 places
It is essential to book your place. Please send your cheques and the completed booking form by 17 October 2018 to Pamela Taylor
4 William Emes Gardens, Northwick Park, Blockley GL56 9RL
(01386 701956 email@example.com)
BACS payments to The Arts Society Blockley,
sort code 30-95-75, account number 00088105
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Rosalind Whyte has a BA and MA from Goldsmith’s College, and an MA (distinction) from Birkbeck College. She is an experienced guide at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, the Royal Academy and Greenwich. She also lectures at Tate, Dulwich Picture Gallery, to independent art societies and leads art appreciation holidays.