Four Hundred Years of British Art: Highlights from the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery Collection

Thomas Rowlandson, British, 1756 – 1827
Glow Worms,1805 – 1812
Ethching with watercolor
7-7/8" x 11-15/16"
Gift of Philip Pinsof
2003.049

(March 13- June 15, 2013)

British art constitutes an important aspect of the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery’s collections. This comprehensive survey will be the first of its kind in over two decades to draw on the nearly 300 British objects held by the Gallery. Four Hundred Years of British Art will include examples of eighteenth-century English portraiture and related painting by such noted artists as Benjamin Wilson, George Romney, and John Opie, and a work attributed to the school of Thomas Lawrence; a selection of engravings by the pictorial satirist and social critic William Hogarth; two biting satires of the English upper class by Thomas Rowlandson; early nineteenth-century prints by Joseph Mallord, William Turner, and the master mezzotint printmaker Richard Earlom; paintings from the founder of the Norwich School of landscape painting, John Chrome; numerous examples of works by artists associated with the late-nineteenth-century etching revival such as Sir Francis Seymour Haden and William Strang; selections from the Gallery’s large collection of etchings by one of the premier portraitists of the early twentieth century, Gerald Brockhurst; and modern and contemporary works by noted artists such as David Hockney, Henry Moore, Roland Penrose, Leslie Foxcroft, Michael Craig-Martin, Mona Hatoum, Bernard Cohen, and Patrick Caulfield.

This exhibition is being presented in honor of Professor Robert L. Mode who will retire after forty-six years of teaching art history at Vanderbilt. Much of his research and teaching focused on British art.