Karen’s Cabinet of Curiosities May 2017

DSC06587Curiosity: Tiger head and forepaws in glass case

Date: 1903 (shot)

Origin: Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India

Maker: J. Hutchings, Naturalist and Gunmaker, Aberystwyth

Measurements (case): 71x41x79cm

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Who were Edward J. Burrow and Richard Eustace Tickell and why did they record The Vale of Nantgwilt in 1893? by Gerry McGandy


Special thanks to Joyce Cummings and Vic of the Cheltenham Local History Society; without their research in local Cheltenham Newspapers this essay would have been much poorer.

The School of Art collection at Aberystwyth houses eleven landscape prints engraved by Edward John Burrow after drawings by Robert Eustace Tickell. Tickell had them printed in a volume entitled ‘The Vale of Nantgwilt – A Submerged Valley‘ in1894 (Fig. 1). Who were Burrow and Tickell and why did they choose to record these pleasant and picturesque if otherwise unremarkable scenes?

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International Women’s Day 08th March 2017


Women Artists and the RA – “A somewhat chequered History”   

These days we take it for granted that women artists are members of the Royal Academy of Arts, attend and teach at the RA Schools and/or exhibit at the annual Summer Exhibition. But this was not always the case. This brief introduction, and the following short biographies, will give you a quick overview of the changes the RA underwent before it allowed both male and female artist to take advantage of all the facilities and courses it has on offer.

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St. Valentine’s Day

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The origins of St. Valentine’s Day, or of the concept that a St. Valentine is the patron of lovers, are hazy.

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AberForward: Charlotte’s contemplations on her first week

charlotte-photo-aberforward-jan2017It’s currently week two of my journey in the AberForward programme, so I’m aware I’m a little late with my blog entries – I’m sorry! But being here, back in the place I love and where I was at my happiest, some thoughts have arisen. Continue reading

AberForward at the School of Art Gallery

Last week, the School of Art Gallery welcomed five recent undergraduates who are taking advantage of the University’s AberForward Graduate Scheme. They will be working here for a whole month, getting to know all aspects of museum work and hence, gain valuable experience for their future careers.

Today, four of them will introduce themselves here in their own words and might also contribute more to this blog over the next few weeks:

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Karen’s Cabinet of Curiosities January 2017

Curiosity: Book  jk_belledame_2

Title: La Belle Dame sans Merci (1819)

Author: John Keats

Publisher: The Eragny Press, The Brook, Hammersmith

(Lucien Pissarro and his wife Esther established the private press in 1894.)

Date of Publication: 1906

Measurements: 80 x 110mm

Limited edition: 200 copies on paper and 10 copies on vellum

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