A huge thank you to everyone who attended the Plant Sale on Sunday and helped to make it such a success. We are delighted to report that a magnificent total of over £900 was raised for the Museum.
Rembrandt and his contemporaries: Paintings from the Royal Collection
Next week sees the opening of this ravishing exhibition, which features paintings generously lent by Her Majesty The Queen. The Holburne’s latest show includes many masterpieces by Rubens, Ruisdael, van der Heyden and Hobbema as well as by Rembrandt himself. More information available on the page Royal Collection. A special Preview to which all Friends are invited will take place on Thursday 23 May 6.30 – 8pm. Please RSVP to email@example.com by 17 May.
Jan van der Heyden
A Country House on the Vliet near Delft,
Royal Collection Trust/© 2013, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Object of the Month
Sketch of the Fancy Fair at Sydney Gardens, Bath
This anonymous lithograph is inscribed 'Sketch of the Fancy Fair at Sydney Gardens, Bath, For the Relief of Distressed Seamen'. Although undated, it appears to depict the rear elevation of the Hotel shortly after it was converted into a 'private lodging house' and renamed the Pulteney Hotel in 1836.
The row of supper boxes that extended from the south side of the Hotel is depicted in use as stalls for the fancy fair. They are draped with British and French flags which act as awnings. Women and children crowd round tables within them. The boxes on the far left of the picture were converted into a Cosmorama in the early 1820s. This was an indoor peepshow, where brightly-lit paintings of distant places and dramatic scenes such as Vesuvius erupting were viewed through convex glass windows to make them appear life sized. Exactly opposite the Cosmorama, in the last three supper boxes on the north side was an Aviary which housed over 140 rare and exotic birds.
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Shopping at the Holburne
The shop is selling Friends Single (£25) and Joint Memberships (£35) in attractive gift packs. In addition to being an ideal present that lasts a whole year, it also supports the Holburne Museum. The packs include Membership Cards and details of the Friends’ special benefits:
- Private previews and free entry into exhibitions
- The Friends of the Holburne Museum Newsletter which is published three times a year and is accompanied by the Museum What’s On guide
- A lively programme of cultural and social events
- A 10% discount in the Museum shop and Café
Four souvenir postcards of the Holburne Museum are also included in the pack.
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