Collecting and Giving: Highlights from the Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor bequest
4 December 2018 – 3 March 2019 (Gallery 10)
In 2015, the Museum received an exceptional collection of paintings, drawings, ceramics, glass and bronzes from Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor, through the Art Fund. Highlights from the collection will be on display for the first time, including drawings by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Ruskin, William Orpen, Walter Sickert and Gwen John, alongside fine examples of 18th century salt-glazed stoneware, rare 17th and 18th century Spanish glass, and 19th century French animal bronzes.
Whistler & Nature
8 January 2018 – 17 March 2019 (Galleries 12 & 13)
Whistler and Nature explores James McNeill Whistler’s (1834-1903), revolutionary attitude towards the natural world, in works ranging from his celebrated London Nocturnes to his European coastal and pastoral scenes. 90 paintings, drawings and objects – such as Whistler’s sketchbook – shows how his vision of nature was underpinned by his enduring kinship with the makers of railroads, bridges and ships – Whistler came from a family of soldiers and engineers as well as being a military mapmaker, which shaped his attitude towards nature.
Beggarstaffs: William Nicholson and James Pryde
7 May – 4 August 2019 (Galleries 12 & 13)
The Beggarstaffs, otherwise J. & W. Beggarstaff, was the pseudonym used by the British artists William Nicholson and James Pryde for their collaborative partnership in the design of posters and other graphic work in the 1890s. These groundbreaking collaborative graphics and their later individual works as painters have never before been shown together. The exhibition will explore for the first time the fascinating way in which their reciprocal influence and shared love of striking subject matter worked on their very different temperaments to inspire two remarkable artistic careers.
Making a Nation: Money, Image and Power in Tudor and Stuart England
26 March – 30 June 2019 (Gallery 10)
This exhibition traces the major dynastic, political and cultural changes that occurred in England under the Tudors and Stuarts. The money and medals of this 250-year period provide a fascinating insight into broader developments in artistic expression, monarchy, nationhood, and trade, in a rapidly expanding world.
4 December – 30 June 2019
Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RB