Cradled in Caricature: Visual humour in satirical prints and drawings

 

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Earlier this month I visited Cradled in Caricature: Visual humour in satirical prints and drawings at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

The amusing exhibition features work from James Gillray, Glen Baxter and Hogarth. The show includes both humorous pictures and illustrations with a moral message.

It is hard to pick highlights from the exhibition as there are so many great pieces, but I was especially pleased to see two works by Glen Baxter after having looked at him whilst at art school.

The exhibition runs until 31st January 2016

 

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Exhibition Wishlist – October

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Here are some interesting looking exhibitions, hope to get to visit a few!

Angela Harding Prints and Paintings at Cambridge Contemporary Arts until 25th October 2015

From Eric Ravilious To Grayson Perry at The Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Walden until 25th October 2015

The Art of Acquisition The Great Bardfield Artists’ Houses at The Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Walden until 25th October 2015

Ed Kluz: Monument at John Martin Gallery, London until 31st October 2015

A History of Photography: Series and Sequences at The Victoria and Albert Museum, London until 1st November 2015

Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal at The Bowes Museum, County Durham until 8th November 2015

City Noir: John Duffin’s London in Paint and Print at For Arts Sake, Ealing, 23rd October – 22nd November 2015

Four Women Artists – Elizabeth Blackadder, Victoria Crowe, Alison McGill, Emily Sutton at The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, 4th November – 25th November 2015

The Power of Paper: 50 years of printmaking from Australia, Canada and South Africa at Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge until 6th December 2015

The Lumber Room: Unimagined Treasures – Curated by Mark Hearld at York Art Gallery until 2016

Bawden’s Book Illustration at The Higgins Bedford until January 2016

The Amazing World of M.C. Escher at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London until 17th January 2016

Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist As Collector at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich until 24th January 2016

Cradled in Caricature: Visual humour in satirical prints and drawings at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge until 31st January 2016

Ronald Searle: ‘Obsessed with drawing’ at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge until 31st January 2016

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain at The Victoria and Albert Museum, London until 31st January 2016

Caroline Watson and Female Printmaking in Late Georgian England

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Whilst at The Fitzwilliam Museum on Saturday I saw Caroline Watson and Female Printmaking in Late Georgian England. The exhibition shows prints by Caroline Watson, who is regarded as ‘the first British professional woman engraver’. She worked together with artists such as Sir Joshua Reynolds and used the techniques of stipple etching and aquatint.

Highlights include The Death of Cardinal Beaufort, stipple and etching after Sir Joshua Reynolds, (1792)In the exhibition there are two copies of this print, one with revisions made after Reynolds death, where the devil is removed from the image.

The exhibition is on until Sunday 4th January 2015

La Grande Guerre: French Prints of The First World War

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On Saturday I visited The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge to see two exhibitions, the first being La Grande Guerre: French Prints of The First World War. The exhibition consisted of colour lithographs and woodcuts detailling the first seven months of World War I.

Highlights include, Dans le Bois de Augustow…, Un soldat allemand en feu... and Notre artillerie lourde… by Eduardo Garcia Benito.

The exhibition has since closed but is available to view online here

A visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum

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Last weekend I visted the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. As well as the vast art collection, I was able to see three exhibitions, ‘A World of Private Mystery: John Craxton’, ‘The Rampant Lions Press: A Letterpress Odyssey’ and ‘From Root to Tip: Botanical Art In Britain’.

The highlight for me was the Craxton exhibition. I had not come across his work before and I was really intrigued by the variation in style…bright and bold paintings to simple pencil drawings, both as impressive as each other. If you have not yet discovered John Craxton’s work I recommend looking him up, you can find out a bit more here.

The Rampant Lions Press exhibition has a lovely selection of letterpress pieces, most of which are typographical. My favourite piece from the exhibition was a book cover design by Sebastian Carter for The Tiger’s Bride. I definitely recommend this exhibition for people interested in printmaking, typography and artist books. The exhibition continues until 18th May.

‘From Root to Tip’ features watercolour paintings of plants by both professional and amateur artists. There are some beautiful images, my favourite was of a purple Iris. The exhibition continues until 11th May.