Patrons and Lovers of Art: Art Institutions, collecting and the wealth of empire in early nineteenth century London
Sarah Thomas, Catherine Roach, Susanna Avery-Quash
Thursday 23rd May 2019, 6-7.20pm
Room B03, School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square
The foundation in Britain of a National Gallery in 1824 was commemorated in a remarkable painting by Dutch artist Pieter Christoffel Wonder, Patrons and Lovers of Art (1830). With forensic attention to detail, it amply demonstrates the wealth and confidence of British art collectors and connoisseurs in the period. Sarah Thomas (Birkbeck), Catherine Roach (Virginia Commonwealth University, USA), and Susanna Avery-Quash (National Gallery, London) discuss the painting from different perspectives within the context of British cultural history.