Out of Albion: British Art from the Allen Memorial Art Museum

September 9, 2008 - May 25, 2009
John N. Stern Gallery

Encompassing 13th-century illuminated manuscripts, William Hogarth's witty "moral progresses," the Pre-Raphaelites of the Victorian Age, Henry Moore's undulating forms, and Bridget Riley's Op Art abstractions, this exhibition showcases more than seven centuries of British art from the AMAM collection. With attention to their social and cultural context, more than 100 objects in varied media chart the rise of a national school, the birth of photography, the emergence of modernism, and the country's rich traditions of history painting, satire, portraiture, and landscape. Artists such as Vanessa Bell, William Blake, Julia Margaret Cameron, Henry Fuseli, Richard Hamilton, William Morris, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and J.M.W. Turner elucidate what Nicholas Pevsner famously defined in 1955 as the "Englishness" of English art. Far from parochial, however, the powerfully imaginative works on display also attest to Britain's significant artistic influence beyond its own borders.

This exhibition was organized by Colette Crossman, AMAM Curator of Academic Programs, with
Elizabeth Koehn (OC '09).

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Frederick Sandys (English, 1829 – 1904)
Red Rose and White, 1867
Red and black chalk on paper
15 7/8 x 13 3/16 in. (403 x 335 mm)
Charles F. Olney Fund