Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

National Gallery of Canada shows off the best of its British drawings

Ottawa, Canada - July 12, 2005

The National Gallery of Canada is shining a spotlight on three centuries of superb draughtsmanship with British Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada, on display in the Prints, Drawings and Photographs Galleries from 15 July until 20 November. The exhibition features 114 works by the likes of William Hogarth, Benjamin West, Thomas Gainsborough, J.M.W. Turner, Samuel Palmer and Henry Moore.
Covering the period from the early 18th century to the mid 20th century, the National Gallery’s collection of British drawings includes more than 800 works, including a number of outstanding watercolours from the Golden Age (1750-1850), as well as masterpieces of Romanticism, Pre-Raphaelitism and Modernism. British Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada celebrates the best of these.

The exhibition includes gifts and promised gifts from Saskatoon art collector Dr. Dennis T. Lanigan, including an initial donation of three fine sheets by artists not previously represented in the collection: Albert Moore, G.F. Watts and Simeon Solomon. Dr. Lanigan has promised his entire collection of more than 150 Victorian drawings to the Gallery.
“We are very grateful to Dr. Lanigan for his extraordinary generosity,” says Pierre Théberge, Director of the National Gallery. “The works from the Lanigan Collection are a wonderful addition to this exhibition, and his promised gift will transform the Gallery’s collection of 19th-century British drawings into one of the best of its kind in North America.”

British Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada is supported by Sotheby’s and guest curated by Douglas Schoenherr, former Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery. This is the latest in a series of exhibitions highlighting the permanent collection that began with Italian Drawings in 2001, followed by Dutch and Flemish Drawings in 2003 and last summer’s French Drawings. The Gallery plans to present German Drawings in 2007.

After its presentation in Ottawa, a touring version of British Drawings will travel to the Kamloops Art Gallery in British Columbia (14 January – 25 March 2006), the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon (9 June – 27 August 2006), and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton (20 November 2006 – 8 January 2007).

Douglas Schoenherr presents a lecture titled British Drawings: Past and Future, on Sunday 17 July at 2 p.m. On Thursday 8 September at 12:15 p.m., Kim Sloan of the British Museum lectures on Talismans of Transport: William Beckford and Landscapes by British Artists at Home and Abroad.

British Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada is accompanied by a colour catalogue available in the Bookstore. 

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Guest curator Douglas Schoenherr is available for interviews this week. Please contact Anouk Hoedeman at (613) 990-6835 or ahoedeman@gallery.ca.



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