Symposium | Collecting Murillo in Britain and Ireland

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on April 21, 2018

From The Wallace Collection:

Collecting Murillo in Britain and Ireland
The Wallace Collection, London, 14 May 2018

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, The Annunciation, ca.1665–70 (London: The Wallace Collection, P68).

“Oh wonderful Spain. Think of this romantic land covered in Moorish ruins and full of Murillos.” Benjamin Disraeli’s 1830 letter attests to the prominent of Murillo in the minds British travellers and collectors. In celebration of the 400th anniversary of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s birth, the Wallace Collection, in collaboration with the Centro de Estudios Europa Hispanica, will be exploring this further by hosting an international one-day symposium on Monday, 14th May 2018 entitled Collecting Murillo in Britain and Ireland. Speakers include Thierry Morel, Veronique Gerard Powell, Xanthe Brooke, Hugh Brigstocke, Isabelle Kent, Xavier Bray, Claudia Hopkins, Thomas Bean, Hilary Macarney and Philip McEvansoneya. The papers delivered will form the basis of a new volume on the subject which will be published by CEEH.

Registration is available here»


9.30  Registration

9.50  Welcome

10.00  Session 1 | Early Displays of Works by Murillo in Britain
• Thierry Morel (Director and Curator at Large, Hermitage Museum Foundation), Sir Robert Walpole’s Spanish Pictures
• Véronique Gerard Powell (Honorary Senior Lecturer, Sorbonne University), From Lord Godolphin to John Blackwood and Lawrence Dundas: The First British Purchasers of Murillo

11.00  Tea and coffee

11.30  Session 2 | British Collectors in Seville and Madrid
• Xanthe Brooke (Curator of Continental European Art, Walker Art Gallery), Collecting Murillo in Seville: The Case of Julian Benjamin Williams (d.1866) and Frank Hall Standish (1799–1840)
• Hugh Brigstocke (Independent scholar), William Eden: The Discovery of Murillo with his Friends in Spain, Travel and Collecting
• Isabelle Kent (Enriqueta Harris Frankfort Curatorial Assistant, The Wallace Collection), The Curious Case of General Meade (1775–1849): His Collection in Madrid and Its Dissemination

13.00  Break for lunch

14.00  In-Situ Talk in the Great Gallery
• Xavier Bray (Director, The Wallace Collection) and Isabelle Kent, William Buchanan and James Irvine

14.30  Session 3 | Artists and Scholars, Travellers to Spain
• Claudia Hopkins (Lecturer, University of Edinburgh), ‘All Softness’: Murillo through British Artists’ Eyes
• Thomas Bean (Independent scholar), Hand-Book for Travellers in Spain and Richard Ford
• Hilary Macartney (Lecturer, University of Glasgow), Accessing Murillo: Stirling Maxwell’s Contribution to Scholarship, Collecting, and Taste in Britain

16.00  Session 4 | Other Major Collectors
• Philip McEvansoneya (Lecturer, Trinity College Dublin), Collecting and Displaying Murillo in Ireland


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