Project 4: Research trip to Herbert Art Gallery

I’d been looking at Project 4 and feeling a little uninspired, probably because it’s come to the end of the assignment and it’s been a long one. But I thought maybe going to a gallery/Museum might give me some inspiration!

So this morning I headed off to the Herbert Art gallery & Museum. I’ll admit I had no idea what would be there, if there’d be things I’d see value in/appreciate.

Their website is here: http://www.theherbert.org/

Anyhow I got there and found a few things really fascinating. There was section all about Lady Godiva, which had a few portrait paintings which were beautiful/had potential for translating into painted mono-prints :

Lady Godiva

Lady Godiva

Lady Godiva

I was really interested in their ‘what’s in store’ section. Essentially containing objects & paintings which were part of their collection but that weren’t currently on display. I found it was okay to look through the draws, cabinets.

I took photographs of objects I found to be of interest, but they are poor quality as I was unable to use my flash & due to conservation the area was kept in low lighting.

Tartan Children's Shoes 1800's

Tartan Children’s Shoes 1800’s

Children's Shoes 1800's

Children’s Shoes 1800’s

Railway lantern

Railway lantern

I found plenty of textiles/industry related machinery, here’s the few bad quality pictures I managed to snap:

Sewing machine

Sewing machine

Coventry Sewing Machine

Coventry Sewing Machine

Jacquard loom

Jacquard loom

I also found some interesting Printing related Art Works and Equipment.

Printing Press

Printing Press

'Camera Principis' by Peter Johnson 1963- Linocut

‘Camera Principis’ by Peter Johnson 1963- Linocut

'Untitled' by Philip Wetton - serigraph

‘Untitled’ by Philip Wetton – serigraph

'Horse and rider' by David Bethel - linocut 1963

‘Horse and rider’ by David Bethel – linocut 1963

I found a few landscape paintings and one portrait painting particularly capturing and inspiring for printing.

'Head of a Girl' by Francesco Furini 1640

‘Head of a Girl’ by Francesco Furini 1640

This painting has such a lovely quality to it, I love the shadow and how it contrasts with/shows the beautiful softness of the girl. I think this could make an interesting mono-print.

'Bishop Street Coventry' Joan Murphey 1929

‘Bishop Street Coventry’ Joan Murphey 1929

Coventry Landscape - Unknown Artist

Coventry Landscape – Unknown Artist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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