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Lecture: Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company highlights the work of a series of extraordinary Indian artists, each with their own style, tastes and agency, whose...

Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company highlights the work of a series of extraordinary Indian artists, each with their own style, tastes and agency, whose brilliance has been frequently overlooked until now. In this lecture, guest curator William Dalrymple will introduce these masterpieces and demonstrate how they combine Indian and European influences to create rich, hybrid works, which reflect the cultural fluidity of this period in India’s history.

 

Please note that your ticket will be valid for the lecture only. If you wish to vist the exhibition, tickets for this must be purchased separately.

 

Image: Shaikh Zain al-Din
Indian Roller on Sandalwood Branch, Impey Album, Calcutta, 1780
Gift of Elizabeth and Willard Clark, © Minneapolis Institute of Art home

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The Glory of Venice Monday 18 - Wednesday 20 May 2020, 11am - 1.30pm In this three-day course explore the history and enduring appeal of La Serenissima or “the Most Serene” Venetian...

Monday 18 - Wednesday 20 May 2020, 11am - 1.30pm

In this three-day course explore the history and enduring appeal of La Serenissima or “the Most Serene” Venetian Republic through a study of paintings in the Wallace Collection, from Titian’s great mythologies and Canaletto’s vedute to portraits by Rosalba Carriera and images of the city produced by foreign visitors such as Richard Parkes Bonington.
Taught by Siân Walters.

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Life Painting Join artist Marie-Thérèse Ross for a two-day course of life painting at the Wallace Collection. On day one you will spend the morning exploring the collection,...

Join artist Marie-Thérèse Ross for a two-day course of life painting at the Wallace Collection. On day one you will spend the morning exploring the collection, sketching sculptures and paintings that focus on the figure in order to help understand the fundamentals of drawing the human form. The afternoon will be spent drawing and painting from a live model. You will use a variety of materials including acrylics and ink as well as techniques to learn new skills and to improve your ability. Ideas about colour and form will be explored. Day two will continue from day one and will focus on creating a finished painting from the life model. From novice to the experienced, all abilities and levels are welcome. The atmosphere will be friendly and encouraging.

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A Brief Introduction to Portrait Painting Join artist and lecturer Alison Kusner for a day of portrait painting at the Wallace Collection. You will begin by sketching in the galleries, exploring the works of artists such...

Join artist and lecturer Alison Kusner for a day of portrait painting at the Wallace Collection. You will begin by sketching in the galleries, exploring the works of artists such as Van Dyck, Rembrandt, Reynolds and Gainsborough. Back in the studio, Alison will teach you different painting techniques including how to paint flesh and fabric, and how to work with glazes. Working with a limited palette you will finish the day by creating a fabulous painting study.

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Wallace Collection Book Club: Sea of Poppies For the Wallace Collection's first exhibition themed book club, join Lynda Waterhouse to discuss Amitav Ghosh's Sea of Poppies (2008). The evening will start with a visit to...

For the Wallace Collection's first exhibition themed book club, join Lynda Waterhouse to discuss Amitav Ghosh's Sea of Poppies (2008). The evening will start with a visit to our current exhibition Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company with assistant curator Arthur Bijl before moving to a quiet space to discuss the book over a glass of wine.

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Forgotten Masters Friday Night Late Curated by Journalist and Crafts Expert Momtaz Begum-Hossain, this evening's programme is a celebration of some of the most exciting and pioneering artists based in the...

Curated by Journalist and Crafts Expert Momtaz Begum-Hossain, this evening's programme is a celebration of some of the most exciting and pioneering artists based in the UK of South Asian heritage. Visitors will have the opportunity to wander through the galleries after hours, following an Art Trail featuring work by contemporary British South Asian artists. The evening also includes a panel discussion, a live set by Mercury Prize nominee, singer Susheela Raman, workshops in painting and coaster making, storytelling and DJs. 

Headliner: Susheela Raman

A singer, composer and curator, Susheela moves between genres, across frontiers into new spaces with uncanny ease. Born to South Indian parents in London and raised in Australia, she released her seventh studio album Ghost Gamelan in 2018. The Guardian has described her as a ‘wildly original, passionate and dangerous’ performer and though her music is sometimes described as ‘World,’ she prefers to call it ‘unearthly’, which captures more of its magical and enigmatic character. Tonight is a rare chance to see Susheela performing in the intimate setting of the museum’s Great Gallery.
*Places are limited to 150 allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.   

Panel discussion:

Chaired by Sailesh Ram from AsianCultureVulture.com, guest panellists Tabish Khan, (Art Critic at Londonist, Jaspreet Kaur (Historian and Poet) and Suman Bhuchar (Cultural Producer) will be discussing the relevance and importance of the Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company exhibition and how they’d like to see contemporary South Asian artists recognised in British art history.  

 

Curator: Momtaz Begum-Hossain

The co-curator of the Wallace Collection’s sold out ‘Festival of Lights’ Friday Late in 2018, Momtaz is an award-winning Journalist and Television Presenter. She was a Finalist at the Asian Media Awards, previously worked as Editorial Director of Asiana Magazine and currently hosts The Desi Woman Podcast, where she interviews game-changing South Asian women. She was named one of the UK’s leading Crafts Experts by Mollie Makes magazine, is the author of two crafts books and regularly runs crafts workshops throughout the UK.
 

Tickets to the Friday Late include entry to Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company.

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Printed Plants Ages 14+

Make screen-print totes in this one day workshop inspired by flora and fauna in Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Trading Company. Join artist Gwen Ramsay and learn screen-printing skill and experiment with textiles to create your own tote bag to take away.

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Indian Animals For ages 7-10 Join craft expert Momtaz Begum-Hossain and make a hanging decoration with an Indian aesthetic. Choose from animals featured in our exhibition, Forgotten Masters:...

For ages 7-10

Join craft expert Momtaz Begum-Hossain and make a hanging decoration with an Indian aesthetic. Choose from animals featured in our exhibition, Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company, or classic Easter animals like bunnies and chicks as inspiration to make your own felt masterpiece. You can choose from a morning or afternoon session. Parents/carers are not required to stay with their children.

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Indian Animals For ages 11-14 Join craft expert Momtaz Begum-Hossain and make a hanging decoration with an Indian aesthetic. Choose from animals featured in our exhibition, Forgotten Masters:...

For ages 11-14

Join craft expert Momtaz Begum-Hossain and make a hanging decoration with an Indian aesthetic. Choose from animals featured in our exhibition, Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company, or classic Easter animals like bunnies and chicks as inspiration to make your own felt masterpiece. You can choose from a morning or afternoon session. Parents/carers are not required to stay with their children.

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Painting on Porcelain Explore the Wallace Collection’s wonderful range of Sèvres porcelain and learn about its history and manufacture. Be inspired by the motifs and colours of the...

Explore the Wallace Collection’s wonderful range of Sèvres porcelain and learn about its history and manufacture. Be inspired by the motifs and colours of the porcelain to create and paint your own design onto a glazed plate to take away. With artist Caroline Dorset.

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Indian Miniature Painting Explore our current exhibition Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company with artist Amber Khokhar. This practical weekend course will start with an...

Explore our current exhibition Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company with artist Amber Khokhar. This practical weekend course will start with an introduction to specialist materials and the traditional painting techniques used to paint an Indian miniature painting, including exploring gum arabic and natural pigment mediums.  Preparation processes will be followed by painting a miniature inspired by the exhibition. All abilities are welcome, magnifying glasses for close work are recommended.

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No Shepherdess / No Pastoral The moving image artwork, No Shepherdess / No Pastoral  connects objects formerly owned by Marie Antoinette with a lost opera she once sang from the eighteenth century. This...

The moving image artwork, No Shepherdess / No Pastoral  connects objects formerly owned by Marie Antoinette with a lost opera she once sang from the eighteenth century. This opera, Le Roi et le Fermier (The King and the Farmer) is performed separately to each object portrayed in the film, which are housed in various collections around the UK including, the Wallace Collection, Madame Tussauds, The National Trust and the Victoria & Albert Museum. The performances recorded in the work create new conversations between Marie Antoinette, the objects, their makers and the collections that now hold them. As part of the artwork there will be an installation in The Study on the first floor, where a number of the objects that feature in the work are displayed. This will be open for viewing pre-screening from 5pm. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion between the artist, Estella Castle, Wallace Collection curator Helen Jacobsen and Madame Tussauds’ archivist  Zoe Louca-Richards.  Free, but booking essential.

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Conference: After the Armoury After the Armoury: Defining the Identity and Origins of ‘Oriental’ Arms and Armour   When it opened as a national museum in 1900, the Wallace Collection...

After the Armoury: Defining the Identity and Origins of ‘Oriental’ Arms and Armour

 

When it opened as a national museum in 1900, the Wallace Collection presented non-European art as an exotic monolith revealing the exotic richness of the ‘Orient’. In this way, arms and armour of three continents was presented as a single entity.

 

This conference will highlight some of the most current research on Indian, Iranian and Ottoman weapons, areas of inquiry which strive to identify the real centres of production and their distinctive typologies, designs and decorative styles. It is hoped that this approach will reveal the diverse nature of this part of the Wallace Collection, which is fortunate to contain remarkable works of art and distinctive groups of works by artists based in many great metalworking traditions, from Montenegro to Lucknow.

 

During this fascinating day we will hear from both Wallace Collection curators and guest speakers- scholars working on many different areas of this field. They will present their latest research on specific production locations in Europe and Asia and consider their place in the international market of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

 

Programme

10.00 – 10.15

Registration with tea and coffee

10.15 – 10.30

"Welcome talk", Tobias Capwell FSA, Curator of Arms and Armour, Wallace Collection

10.30 – 11.15

"Not So Far West: Seeing Iran in Late 18th-Century Lucknow" Arthur Bijl, Assistant Curator of Ottoman, Middle Eastern and Asian Arms and Armour, Wallace Collection

11.15 – 12.00

"Indian Painters and the East India Company in the 19th Century: Taste and Patronage Examined in the Work of Yellapah of Vellore and Shaikh Muhammad Amir of Karraya", Lucian Harris

12.00 – 12.45

Title to be confirmed, Davinder Toor

12.45 – 13.45

Lunch

13.45 – 14.30

"The Sense of Place: "European" or "Oriental"?", Tobias Capwell FSA, Curator of Arms and Armour, Wallace Collection

14.30 – 15.15

Title to be confirmed, Cosima Stewart

15.15 – 15.30

Tea break

15.30 – 16.15

"Arms from the Caucasus at the Wallace Collection: the Circassian connection", Thom Richardson FSA, Curator Emeritus, Royal Armouries

16.15 – 17.00

Concluding remarks

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Dogs at the Wallace Collection As a part of London Dog Week and to celebrate the forthcoming exhibition, Faithful and Fearless: Portraits of Dogs opening in October, join expert guide lecturer, Denise Stone, for...

As a part of London Dog Week and to celebrate the forthcoming exhibition, Faithful and Fearless: Portraits of Dogs opening in October, join expert guide lecturer, Denise Stone, for this one-time only tour of the dogs of the Wallace Collection. With over 900 depictions of dogs and hounds spread across the collection, from porcelain and portraiture to furniture and even firearms,  learn about the importance of dogs in art in this hour long walkies through the Wallace Collection.

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