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Curators' introduction: Creating a National Collection with Southampton City Art Gallery

Members' talk and Q&A

Co-curators of ‘Creating a National Collection’, Susanna Avery-Quash and Jemma Craig, introduce the exhibition
Date
Friday, 28 May 2021
Time
1 - 2 pm BST
Audience
Members
Available online only

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Join co-curators, Susanna Avery-Quash, Senior Research Curator, and Jemma Craig, Curatorial Trainee, for an introduction to the exhibition 'Creating a National Collection', taking place at the Southampton City Art Gallery from 28 May 2021.

Charting the development of Southampton’s art collection, this exhibition begins with paintings bequeathed by Cllr Robert Chipperfield(1817–1911), and other works accessioned into the collection prior to National Gallery involvement in 1929. 

Chipperfield had stipulated in his will that all purchases using his Trust fund should be undertaken in consultation with the Director of the National Gallery. Augustus Daniel and Kenneth Clark were the first directors to become involved, and with their help, examples of important European 19th-century and Old Master pictures were added to Southampton’s fledgling collection, even prior to Southampton employing their own curator.

The partnership led to the acquisition of significant clusters of pre-1900 European paintings. Central to the exhibition is a series of key pairings of works from the National Gallery and Southampton City Art Gallery which cover milestones in the history of Western art. 

Pairs of paintings, including by the Italian Renaissance master Cesare da Sesto, 18th-century British painter Thomas Gainsborough, and French Impressionist Claude Monet, highlight the riches and quality of Southampton’s collection, and demonstrate just how fruitful the relationship was between the two institutions.

The exhibition is the first to explore this relationship and its fundamental influence on the development of Southampton’s collection.

After the talk, Susanna and Jemma will be happy to answer any questions in a live Q&A.

Image: Detail from Sofonisba Anguissola, 'Portrait of the artist's sister Elena in the guise of a nun', 1551 © Southampton City Art Gallery

Your speakers

Dr Susanna Avery-Quash is the Senior Research Curator in the History of Collecting, in charge of pre-1900 objects in our History Collection, and responsible for activities associated with the research strands, ‘Buying, Collecting and Display’ and ‘Art and Religion’. Her recent co-edited publications include 'Leonardo in Britain: Collections and Historical Reception' (2019), and 'Old Masters Worldwide: Markets, Movements and Museums, 1789-1939' (2021). She is a trustee of The Society for the History of Collecting, TIAMSA, and the Francis Haskell Memorial Fund; and is a Specialist Volunteer for the National Trust. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London, and at the University of Buckingham’s Humanities Research Institute.
Jemma Craig is a Curatorial Trainee with the National Gallery and Southampton City Art Gallery. She has a BA in English from the University of Westminster, and MA in 20th- and 21st- century Literature from the University of Southampton. Stemming from Southampton City Art Gallery’s bid to the Art Fund Curatorial Traineeship programme to investigate its historic relationship with the National Gallery, Jemma has worked as the Curatorial Trainee on this project since September 2019.

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Curators' introduction: Creating a National Collection with Southampton City Art Gallery

Members' talk and Q&A

Co-curators of ‘Creating a National Collection’, Susanna Avery-Quash and Jemma Craig, introduce the exhibition
Date
Friday, 28 May 2021
Time
1 - 2 pm BST
Audience
Members
Available online only

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