Characters: People and Portraits from the Arts Council Collection
All Friends are invited to a private Preview of the new exhibition on Thursday 10 October from 5.30 - 7pm. Please RSVP by 4 October to email@example.com.
Immediately following, at 7pm The Robertson Lecture 2013 will be given by Eric Parry, architect of the Holburne's acclaimed extension. Entitled Architecture, Pleasure and Play, the lecture will explore the urban garden, with particular reference to the latent potential of Sydney Gardens. Tickets are £10 each, cheques payable to 'The Friends of the Holburne Museum' c/o Antonia Johnson, 40 Bathwick Hill, Bath BA2 6LD.
Object of the Month
Individual Friends have generously contributed £770 towards the purchase of a rare portrait by the Bath miniaturist John Lacon (active 1740–1757).
When not painting, Lacon ran a puppet theatre in Bath, London and Tunbridge Wells with his family, featuring life-size ‘Wax Figures, Which have all the just Motions and Gestures of Human Life’. In this self-portrait, he has depicted himself as a gifted artist holding a palette and brushes. At two inches high, the miniature is also unusually large for a work on ivory of this period. It is also exceptionally rare as a portrait of the artist himself. There are few examples of self-portraits by miniaturists, and there are no certain examples in the Holburne.
It has an excellent provenance: an inscription on the backing paper reads: ‘Bath - Ap. 26 1755 - Given me by the ingenious Artist himself - Mr John Lacon’.
It is now on display in the large desk case in the Georgian Bath section of the Mezzanine Gallery. The miniature was acquired in June from Philip Mould & Co. with the assistance of the V&A Purchase Grant Fund, the Art Fund, a bequest from Miss P A Titleboam and individual donations from several Friends of the Holburne.
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Chairman of the Friends
At the Friends’ AGM on 16 July, we had to bid farewell to our Chairman Sidney Blackmore, who has worked tirelessly for the Friends for so long. Our newly appointed Chairman, Antonia Johnson admits to “taking over the Chairmanship of the Friends with a little trepidation, given the example set by Sidney”. Read more...
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