History Group Papers: 2011

Read an outline of the talks and papers from the National Gallery History Group in 2011:

Meeting Thirty-Six: 21 July 2011

George Howard, 9th Earl of Carlisle (18431911): Art and the Nation – Alison Brisby (Chris Beetles Gallery and Curator of the exhibition ‘George Howard, Artist and Aristocrat’ at Castle Howard, York)
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George Howard successfully combined his aristocratic status with his artistic aspirations. He was a prolific artist who was a founder member of the Etruscan School and became closely associated with the second generation Pre-Raphaelite artists, from whom he sought both artistic stimulus and close social, political and philanthropic alliances. Howard, driven by an innate sense of national responsibility, equally dedicated himself to the betterment and furtherance of the arts, as demonstrated most profoundly through his active and loyal service to the National Gallery, where he served as a trustee for 30 years. 

Combining research from both personal correspondence and official documentation, this paper explored George Howard’s contributions towards the arts, in the context of his own artistic activities and his influential role at the National Gallery.

Meeting Thirty-Seven: 1 December 2011

Old Masters in ‘Albertopolis’: the National Gallery at the V&A -  Julius Bryant, Keeper of Word and Image at the V&A
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Prince Albert on 14 December 1861. 150 years after his death, in Bonn, where he went to university, Germany’s national exhibition hall is presenting 'Art and Design for All: The Victoria & Albert Museum' (18 November 2011 - 9 April 2012).  The exhibition tells the early history of the V&A through over 400 objects. 

Traditionally, the V&A’s origins and aims are traced from the Government School of Design, the Great Exhibition of 1851 and the competing ambitions of the first director, Henry Cole and of the first chief curator, J C Robinson. 

This exhibition and its catalogue place Prince Albert back at the helm by seeing the V&A as one part of his goal to create London’s first cultural quarter, dubbed by its critics ‘Albertopolis’. A key factor embraced by Albert was Parliament’s plan to relocate the National Gallery to Kensington. Drawing mainly on documents held by the 1851 Commissioners, this paper presented Albert’s detailed architectural plans (exhibited for the first time, in Bonn) and explored the implication of his intellectual vision for the early collections of the V&A.

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