Nine paintings from the National Gallery join outstanding works from Southampton City Art Gallery in this exhibition exploring the unique partnership between these two places.
A unique partnership forged between the National Gallery and Southampton City Art Gallery when the latter was created is the focus of this exhibition, highlighting the role the London gallery has played in the evolution of Southampton’s collection.
This fruitful relationship was established by Robert Chipperfield, whose bequest in 1911 led to the creation of the collection and the art gallery in Southampton. Chipperfield wanted future acquisitions to be of national calibre, and so he stipulated that all purchases using his trust fund should be made in consultation with the director of the National Gallery. The then director of the National Gallery, Kenneth Clark took an active role in advising Southampton on acquisitions, also writing its first formal collecting policy in 1936, which still remains in place today.
To explore the fruitful relationship between the galleries, nine paintings by artists including Monet, Gainsborough, Maggi Hambling and Paula Rego are being loaned by the National Gallery. The works are displayed alongside key works from Southampton’s collection.
The exhibition is curated by Jemma Craig, National Gallery Curatorial Trainee, supported by Art Fund with the assistance of the Vivmar Foundation as part of the current 2019–21 National Gallery Curatorial Traineeship programme.