SEM: The Politics of Public Collecting (London, 26 March, 2018)

The Politics of Public Collecting: William Gladstone and the National Gallery

Seminar in the History of Collecting
The Wallace Collection
26 March 2018
5.30 pm

 Lecture by Dr. Barbara Pezzini (Editor-in-chief, Visual Resources)

Admission is free, booking is not required

Prime Minister William Gladstone had an extraordinary impact on the visual arts inBritain. The subject of many portraits and cartoons and a voracious private collector himself, Gladstone also greatly influenced public collecting. This paper focuses on 1884, when Gladstone took a crucial role in the National Gallery purchase of the Ansidei Madonna by Raphael and the Equestrian Portrait of Charles I by Anthony van Dyck from the Duke of Marlborough’s collection. This paper uses hitherto unexplored documents from the Agnew’s, Gladstone, British Library and National Gallery archives to reconstruct the political and commercial networks that made this purchase possible. Continue reading “SEM: The Politics of Public Collecting (London, 26 March, 2018)”