Lecture: Splendor Upon Splendor—British Museums and Private Collectors, 1850–1920

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Lecture: Splendor Upon Splendor—British Museums and Private Collectors, 1850–1920

May 3, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm PDT

Giles Waterfield, prize-winning novelist, art historian, and curator, comes to LACMA to share his thoughts on the innovative history of European art museums and the private collectors who, having amassed great wealth, turned to acquiring great works of art. The lecture will focus specifically on English collectors who sometimes founded their own museums.

Waterfield’s research interests have long centered on the English country house as well as the history of museums in Britain. Currently associate scholar at The Courtauld Institute of Art, his most recent book is The People’s Galleries: Art Museums and Exhibitions in Victorian Britain, published by Yale University Press in 2015. Waterfield was director of the Dulwich Picture Gallery from 1979 until 1996. Since then he as been an independent curator, writer, and university lecturer. Author of numerous books of fiction and non-fiction, he received the McKitterick Prize for his novel The Long Afternoon, first published n 2000. He is director of royal collection studies for the Attingham Trust.

LACMA, Brown Auditorium
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May 3, 2016
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm PDT
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