Holburne Museum

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This jewel in Bath's crown was once the Georgian Sydney Hotel, whose glittering society Jane Austen watched from her house opposite. It displays the treasures collected by Sir William Holburne: superb English and continental silver, porcelain, maiolica, glass and Renaissance bronzes.

The Picture Gallery contains works by Turner, Guardi, Stubbs and others plus portraits of Bath society by Thomas Gainsborough.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

We are open free of charge every day. Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday and Bank Holidays 11am to 5pm. Closed 24 to 26 December and 1 January.

Admission charges

Permanent collection free of charge.
Charge for temporary exhibitions.

Collection details

Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Unknown Artist: A market Women with Fruit. Eighteen century. Pastel on paper. 81.3X66 cm © The Holburne Museum

A Handful of Dust

  • 13 February — 18 September 2016 *on now

As part of our ‘100 Years Here’ celebrations, the Holburne will be exhibiting some of its rarely-shown but exquisitely beautiful eighteenth-century British portraits in pastel. This mixture of china clay, plaster and pigment is little more than coloured dust, yet when applied to paper the effect can be magical.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

The Holburne Museum
Great Pulteney Street
Bath
BA2 4DB
England

Additional info

The Museum is fully accessible and we offer spaces within our pay & display car park for Blue Badge holders

Website

http://www.holburne.org/events/a-handful-of-dust/?instance_id=8634

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919). Young Woman Seated.1876. Oil on canvas (66 x 51 cm).

Impressionism: Capturing Life

  • 13 February — 5 June 2016 *on now

An exquisite new exhibition curated by the Holburne Museum’s Director, Jennifer Scott, which brings together 28 masterpieces from British public collections to celebrate the Impressionists’ observations of humanity.The show centres on figurative paintings by some of the artists that exhibited at the first Impressionist exhibition of 1874, including Edgar Degas, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sisley. Significant loans from, among others, Tate, The National Gallery, London and The Scottish National Gallery feature alongside the Holburne’s works on paper by the important but often overlooked British Impressionist Sir George Clausen, founder-member of the New English Art Club.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 11-13
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Where

The Holburne Museum
Great Pulteney Road
Bath
BA2 4DB

Additional info

The Museum is fully accessible and we offer spaces within our pay & display car park for Blue Badge holders.

Admission

£10/£9 concs (£8.50/£7.50 without voluntary contribution)

Website

http://www.holburne.org/events/impressionism-capturing-life-2/?instance_id=8736

Stubbs and the Wild

  • 25 June — 2 October 2016

Today George Stubbs (1724-1806) is known and loved for his anatomically accurate and sensitively realistic portraits of magnificent horses and their supporting cast of dogs and humans. In his own time, the artist’s public image was largely based on his depictions of wild animals in paint and print.

Throughout his life he was fascinated by how animals are built, not just by their outward appearance, and he studied their anatomy tirelessly. It was this interest that led him beyond horses to other animals, at a time when many exotic new mammals were arriving in London from Britain’s expanding colonies. Moose, zebras, yaks and even the remains of a kangaroo were brought home as valuable curiosities and their owners encouraged Stubbs to study the animals and record them for posterity. Although many of them were intended primarily as zoological studies, Stubbs’s paintings of wild creatures are also portraits that capture the behaviour and character of living beings.

As a subject painter, Stubbs’s most successful essays in the sublime also explore the wild, not as a source of curiosity but as a distant, untamed land where nature is merciless and well-fed predators rule. His images of a horse attacked and then devoured by a lion, with variations in different media and reproductions in print became Stubbs’s signature work.

This exhibition will include some of the most charming and fascinating of the animal portraits, grand fantasies, and exquisite prints and drawings. It is part of a series of special events to celebrate 100 years since the re-establishment of the Holburne Museum in Sydney Gardens.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£10

Website

http://www.holburne.org/events/stubbs-and-the-wild/?instance_id=8791

Linda Brothwell: The Missing

  • 6 August 2016 — 2 January 2017

In a new commission On the Table, this pioneer of contemporary British craft skills will create a playground of textures and colours in stone, wood and metalwork in response to the most intricate works in the Holburne Museum’s collection. In a dramatic exploration of materials, Brothwell’s work will be displayed alongside the elaborate carved wooden, gilt bronze and hardstone plinths on which Sir William Holburne displayed his porcelain and bronzes.

Many of Holburne’s plinths were separated from their objects in the 20th century, leaving an alluring and eclectic collection of empty mounts. Brothwell will create the missing parts: wearable pieces in silver and quartz displayed on larger sculptures of boldly coloured marble, ebony and gold, forming playful vignettes of rare and precious materials.

Website

http://www.holburne.org/events/linda-brothwell-the-missing/?instance_id=8899

Holburne Museum
Great Pulteney Street
Bath
Somerset
BA2 4DB
England

Website

www.holburne.org

E-mail

holburne@bath.ac.uk

Telephone

01225 388569

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