Acquisitions round-up: Autumn 2016
- 15 September 2016
Thanks to the support of National Art Pass members and Art Fund donors, we have helped museums and galleries acquire these works of art over the past three months.
V&A Museum of Childhood
This intimate portrait of Grosvenor Bedford's son Charles, aged about two, shows him dressed in a plain nightgown lying on a bed and eating a biscuit. The informal pose and details of the scene offer a fascinating glimpse into the early life of upper-class children in the 18th century.
Broughton House (Hornel Art Gallery)
This work, painted when Hornel was just 21, shows a woman digging potatoes with the rooftops of Kirkcudbright in the distance. Hornel grew up in Kirkcudbright and continued to live in the town until his death in 1933.
3. Various artists, 11 contemporary ceramics and glass from Ahead of the Curve exhibition by Zhuang Xiaowei, 2010-14
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
Bristol Museum contains the largest holding of Chinese glassware (rather than snuff-bottles) outside China, and these new pieces – of which three are glass, and eight are ceramics – are now set to complement the historic collections.
Derby Museum and Art Gallery
These two paintings from Wright's last years illustrate both his distinctive style and his strong connection to the landscape and culture of Derbyshire. Sir Richard Arkwright's cotton mill, built in Cromford in 1771, is credited as being one of the first factories in England.
One of Faed's favourite models, Sandy Inglis, is depicted as poacher in Rabbit Catches, with two dead animals clearly depicted in the foreground set against a backdrop of Galloway forest. Inglis appears in 14 of the artist's paintings.
Colchester and Ipswich Museums
This remarkable collection of objects, excavated close to the village of Rendlesham, near Woodbridge, Suffolk, includes 40 coins, fine jewellery and other items believed to be related to an Anglo-Saxon palace which once stood on the site.
Ayscoughfee Hall Museum
The tazza was made in 1712 by Platel, a French Huguenot who fled France for England in 1685. In 1697 he was naturalised as a British citizen, and he entered his first mark as a goldsmith in London in 1699.
IWM London (Imperial War Museums) and Towner Art Gallery
Fast's work is based on a series of interviews conducted with a former drone pilot in Las Vegas. The title refers to the optimum altitude at which a US Air Force drone can identify targets on the ground.
Captain Cook Memorial Museum
As the official artist on Captain Cook's third and final voyage (1776-80), Webber – a young man of Swiss-German origin – was charged with recording the places, people, objects and events encountered on the expedition.
Museum of Somerset
This painting depicts the medieval church of St Lawrence with the Somerset fields in the distance. The moody scene is one of desolation, with fallen branches, a broken fence and an inert church bell.
Gunnersbury Park Museum
This record of the landscape and building's history will be displayed at Gunnersbury Park Museum when it reopens after renovation in 2017.
Leeds Art Gallery
The subject of this painting is Iris Barry, Lewis's lover, who is shown with her hair in a bun and wearing an avant-garde wrapover waistcoat. The drawing has most recently been in the collection of Valerie Eliot, widow of the poet TS Eliot.
Wolverhampton Art Gallery
This painting reflects the uneasy relationship that existed between black communities and the police in Britain during the early 1980s, particularly at the annual Notting Hill Carnival. The scene shows a masked performer in traditional Dominican carnival costume penned in by crowds of riot police and under attack from a snarling dog.
Penlee House Gallery & Museum
The subject of this painting is likely to have been Abraham Hart, a Penzance rabbi. Jews first came to Penzance from Germany and the Netherlands at the start of the 18th century and a small cemetery in the town became their resting place.
Herbert Art Gallery & Museum
These two photographic works by Dewe Mathews are from Shot at Dawn, a series which records some of the sites at which British, French and Belgian soldiers were executed for cowardice or desertion during the First World War.
National Museum Wales
The Boyle family gained renown for their contribution to the experimental art and happenings of the 1960s and 70s, specifically their interventions at Liverpool Dock, which included enormous casts of the site and 'transpositions' where their surroundings were re-presented as large-scale sculpture.
17. Various artists, collection of 18 Japanese wooden, bronze and ceramic decorative objects by Various artists,16th to 20th century
This highly significant contribution to the Eastern Art department includes a number of rare pieces from the Meiji (1868-1912) and Taisho (1912-26) periods, as well as several earlier Edo ceramics (1600-1867).
Aberdeen Art Gallery
Blackadder is the only woman to be a fully elected member of both the Royal Academy and the Royal Scottish Academy. Although her work is in a range of media, including tapestry, oil and lithography, many consider her watercolours to be her greatest achievement.
Pallant House Gallery
Between 1929-38 Bomberg painted a series of intimate portraits of his wife Lilian, which are notable for their use of vigorous brushstrokes. This painting will form a key component in the gallery's major exhibition of his work next year.
This delicately decorated ring, unearthed in the Bedfordshire parish of Bolnhurst and Keysoe, shares stylistic similarities with an English royal crown believed to have been made by a Parisian craftsman in the late 14th century.
This fascinating record of the museum's Aston Webb wing depicts the Chancel Chapel from the Church of Santa Chiara, Florence, in situ in the newly created galleries.
These pieces, six of which are already on long-term loan at the museum, feature stunning relief decorations of dragons and a lion dog, as well as beautiful depictions of the natural world.
Throughout his 40-year career, Baier has focused on exploring and building innovative structures for contemporary furniture, drawing on an interest in geometry, industrial history and different material qualities such as colour and pattern.