The wonderful new exhibition Joseph Wright of Derby is now open to the public. Friends have unlimited free entry on showing a current membership card.
This popular event is taking place at the Museum on Thursday 6 March at 6.15pm, followed by supper. Tickets cost £12.50 for quiz only, or a very reasonable £25 to include supper. Further information from email@example.com
Object of the Month
Ivory portrait miniature of Mary Ickeringill 1790s
In an act of extreme generosity, this rare ivory portrait relief was recently presented to the Museum by a Friend of the Holburne. Made in Bath by virtuoso carvers Stephany and Dresch in the 1790s, the relief depicts Mary Ickeringill, the sister of the donor’s great-great grandmother Ann Wilson (nee Ickeringill). The Ickeringills were a Yorkshire family and the relief must have been carved during a visit to Bath. The portrait is surrounded by a garland of Stephany and Dresch’s characteristic miniature carvings of flowers. It perfectly complements two Stephany and Dresch ivory landscapes already in the collection, acquired by Sir William Holburne.
The relief is currently being conserved and reframed, after which it will be displayed in the Andrew Fletcher Gallery. It forms part of a growing collection of miniatures, silhouettes and portrait reliefs made in Bath during the 18th and early 19th centuries.
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A Request for Help
Our annual Plant Sale takes place this year on Sunday 11 May and we are relying on you, our Friends, to continue making this event as popular and successful as ever. Contributions of plants for sale, homemade cakes, nearly new gardening and cookery books would be most gratefully received. Please contact the organiser, Valerie Ferguson at email@example.com or telephone: 01225 319161
Full details about the Plant Sale appear on page 26 of the current Newsletter.
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