Print Collecting in the Eighteenth Century: Richard Fitzwilliam

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on August 7, 2010

The founder of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, Richard Fitzwilliam, 7th Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion (1745-1816) is the subject, or at least part of the subject, of this small exhibition of prints after Elsheimer:

Prized Possession: Lord Fitzwilliam’s Album of Prints after Adam Elsheimer
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England, 25 May — 26 September 2010

The second in the Hidden Depths exhibition series, this display will focus on one of Lord Fitzwilliam’s print albums, devoted entirely to prints made after paintings by Adam Elsheimer (1578-1610). The album, one of 198 bequeathed by Lord Fitzwilliam to Cambridge University in 1816, reveals the varied response by printmakers captivated by Elsheimer’s deployment of light and atmospheric rendering of nature. This exhibition will reconstruct the arrangement of the album, which was taken apart some time during the last century, and explore the allure of Elsheimer not only for printmakers, but for print collectors, in particular Lord Fitzwilliam himself.

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