Conrad Martin Metz (1749-1827)

The Death of the Children of Niobe Rome, 1820 Pen and brown ink and wash, heightened with white 454 x 684 mm Metz lived in Rome from 1801 until his death in 1827. This highly-worked presentation drawing treats the slaughter of Niobe’s seven sons and seven daughters by Apollo and Diana, a subject from Ovid … Read more

Charles-François Daubigny (1817-1878)

Interior of an Inn France, 1861 Etching Plate: 120 x 150 mm; paper: 270 x 223 mm; mount: 405 x 555 mm This interior shows the corridor of an inn lined with pairs of shoes and a broom, dramatically lit by a lamp. Daubigny also depicted this scene in daylight. The observation of a scene … Read more

Charles-François Daubigny (1817-1878)

The Children in the Cart Auvers-sur-Oise, 1861 Etching Plate: 130 x 180 mm; paper: 280 x 250 mm; mount: 405 x 555 mm Daubigny watches from his boat as a woman, possibly his wife, assists a group of children pulling a cart. Madame Daubigny holds her youngest son’s hand while he rides sleepily in the cart. … Read more

Charles-François Daubigny (1817-1878)

The Beach at Villerville France, 1850 Etching Plate: 125 x 215 mm; paper: 195 x 165; mount: 405 x 555 mm This peaceful scene presents groups of workers – men fishing in a small boat to the right while women collect shells from rock pools – whose survival was dependent on the sea. In the … Read more

Charles-François Daubigny (1817-1878)

The Satyr Île-de-France, Paris, 1850 Etching 260 x 200 mm A satyr appears in a landscape that may have been inspired by the forest at Fontainebleu. As an artist renowned for a commitment to the faithful reproduction of nature, the presence of the satyr is uncharacteristic. Early in his career, Daubigny restored paintings at the … Read more

Pietro Berretini da Cortona (1596-1669)

A Wooded River Landscape Rome, about 1650 Black chalk, brush and grey ink, grey wash 283 x 425 mm Cortona was, along with Bernini, a presiding genius of the Roman Baroque. Excelling as a painter, architect and decorator, he also executed a number of landscape drawings, often as pure diversions. One of the finest examples, … Read more

John Crome (1768-1821)

Mousehold Heath Norfolk, 1810 Etching Plate: 230 x 305 mm; paper: 350 x 465 mm; mount: 405 x 555 mm Mousehold Heath is to the north east of Norwich. The barren landscape was a popular subject for local artists in the first half of the 19th century. In this view of the heath Crome filters … Read more

CÉZANNE AND THE MODERN FRENCH PRINT

Centring on an exciting new loan – ‘Les Baigneurs, Petite Planche’, an 1896-7 lithograph by Paul Cézanne – this display explores a pivotal point in French avant-garde art. The artist made only nine prints across the whole of his career, two of which are in the Barber’s collection. The three prints together form a group … Read more

MATERNAL BONDS – IMAGES OF MOTHERHOOD

Though one of the most timeless relationships represented in art, the portrayal of mother and child has changed over the course of history. Spanning five centuries, ‘Maternal Bonds’ showcases prints by Marcantonio Raimondi, Hans Thoma and Käthe Kollwitz, alongside drawings by the Dutch Golden Age artists Nicolaes Maes and Adriaen van Ostade. Ranging from religious … Read more

CORNWALL AS CRUCIBLE – Modernity and Internationalism in Mid-century Britain

Remote and picturesque, St Ives in Cornwall became an unlikely hotbed for avant-garde art in the mid 20th century. Painters and sculptors made it their home, either permanently or as temporary exiles, bringing with them their preoccupation with international modernity. Taking as its inspiration the Barber’s recently acquired Constructivist sculpture, ‘Linear Construction in Space No. 1’ … Read more

Italian School (early 15th century)

Head of Prudence Naples, Early 15th century Marble 26.3 x 16.4 x 15.9 cm Prudence was one of the four Cardinal Virtues; she is shown with two faces to represent her watchfulness. This fragment probably came from an early 15th century tomb sculpture in the Church of San Francesco, Gaeta, near Naples. It is said … Read more

Unrecorded Italian Artist (13th century)

Lion Mask Italy, perhaps Tuscany, 13th century Marble 33.4 x 31.5 x 14.5 cm The mask originally formed the head of a fountain, possibly for a public drinking supply. Mineral deposits around the mouth indicate water issued out of it. The high quality of the carving is reflected in the contrasting ways in which the … Read more

Unrecorded Thai Artist (18th/19th century)

Head of a Buddha Thailand, probably 18th / 19th century Bronze This sculpture was probably originally attached to a complete figure. It is in a style associated with the former capital city of Ayudhya. According to orthodox notions, any images of the Buddha bear a portion of his innate spiritual deity. Such sculptures are made … Read more