Members' talk and Q&A
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.