Manton’s $40m collection of British art goes to Clark Art Institute

The gift to the Clark comprises over 200 works of art, mainly works on paper and oil studies, but also oil paintings. There are three paintings by Turner (including Off Ramsgate, 1840) and 17 watercolours. The Constables comprise six paintings (including Wheatfield, 1816, and Cloud Study, 1821), 17 oil studies, eight watercolours and 19 drawings. There are three oil paintings and 15 drawings by Gainsborough. Other works are by Rowlandson, Girtin and Bonington.

Many of the highlights are displayed in the exhibition “Gainsborough, Constable and Turner” which opened last month at the Clark (until September 16). The gift represents the most important acquisition since the Clark was founded in 1955 and it will complement and add to its existing strengths in French and American art.

The $50m cash donation will endow the Clark’s Research and Academic Program. It will be used to create a new study centre for works on paper, support the museum’s library and develop research. The building housing these facilities will be renamed the Sir Edwin and Lady Manton Research Center.


~ by suntravel on July 27, 2007.

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