The Great Spectacle

We had the private view for The Great Spectacle this evening, our survey exhibition of the last 250 years of an exhibition which each year was jam packed from floor to ceiling with works of art.

The only thing I was allowed to photograph was the fascinating ephemera in a long display case in the Reynolds Room (now painted blue).

A season ticket for one of the students, dated 1808:-


A bundle of correspondence relating to the exhibition (do we throw nothing away ?) during the 1830s:-


A season ticket from 1876:-


And the luxury edition of the 1881 handbook:-



One thought on “The Great Spectacle

  1. Mark Fisher says:

    It was truly A SPECTACLE. What a collection, despite the lost years of the Pre-Raphaelites, and post Munnings.

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