Tate Britain – Victorian Sculpture & Photography

IMG_0600Two new exhibitions have opened at London’s Tate Britain Linbury Galleries. Sculpture Victorious and Salt and Silver: Early Photography 1840 – 1860.
Sculpture Victorius is the first major exhibition devoted to sculpture produced during Queen Victoria’s reign. The country had a monarch and a consort who commissioned and encouraged sculptors. Queen Victoria was the subject of more sculpture than any previous monarch. The State commissioned a range of sculpture and decoration to ornament the new Houses of Parliament. Gothic in design, most of the country’s leading sculptors were employed by architects Charles Barry and Augustus Pugin. The chamber of the House of Lords was IMG_0602decorated with 18 statues representing the barons and clergy who forced King John to agree to the terms of the Magna Carta. New scientific technologies made it possible for sculptors to work in a wider range of materials, and to mass-produce small-scale versions. The exhibition includes the sculpture of Lord Winchester, made with new technology.
Sculptors collaborated with manufacturers to create elaborate silverwork, jewellery and ceramic ornaments. Britain’s increasing marine power helped bring antiquities to the UK, and made it easier for artists to travel.
A curator’s tour with Greg Sullivan takes place on 17 April from 18.30 – 20.30 £15.
Sculpture Victorius runs until 25 May 2015.
IMG_0607Salt and Silver: Early Photography 1840 – 1860 is the first major exhibition in Britain devoted to salt, the earliest form of paper photography. The exhibition of 90 prints features some of the rarest and best early photographs in the world.
William Henry Fox Talbot unveiled his groundbreaking process in 1839. He made the prints by soaking paper in silver iodide salts to register a negative image which, when photographed again, created permanent paper positives. The photographs ranged in colour from sepia to violet, mulberry, terracotta, silver-grey, and charcoal-black and often had details drawn on. In an age of steam trains and ships, photographers travelled the world to capture traces of the past.
However, in an age of modern invention and innovation, the phenomenon of salt prints was soon replaced by new photographic processes.
The exhibition is accompanied by a programme of talks and events which will be held in the gallery.
Salt and Silver runs until 7 June 2015.
Open daily 10.00 – 18.00
Admission for each exhibition £10.90. A joint ticket £15.00. Under 12s go free.
www.tate.org.uk/britain T. 020 7887 8888
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About Natasha Blair

Travel journalist who enjoys discovering new places in style, where possible, with her dog, a Coton de Tulear, called Poppy. Good food, not necessarily gourmet, is important as is the atmosphere as she also writes about restaurants. Culture is another love, and as she is based in London, she reviews theatre and art exhibitions.
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