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Fitzwilliam Object of the Month: October

These will be on display in the Museum and featured in a short video.

For October’s Object of the Month we are cheating slightly, in that it’s not one object, but many. We walk through the Fitzwilliam’s extensive collection of Print Albums and find out why they are so special and unique to the world.

The Museum’s founder, Lord Fitzwilliam, was an enthusiastic collector of prints. In his lifetime he amassed around 40,000 loose impressions and devoted significant time and energy arranging them into albums of varying sizes to keep on the shelves of his library. His collection reflects his broad taste, ranging from etchings by Rembrandt to works by other highly skilled but less fashionable printmakers. This exhibition looks at what interested Fitzwilliam most in acquiring and ordering his print collection and will feature examples of his albums, rarely seen in public but offering a fascinating insight into the mind of a late 18th century collector.

Our exhibition – An Amateur’s Passion: Lord Fitzwilliam’s print collection explores the collection at the Fitzwilliam and runs until 29 January.

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This entry was posted on October 25, 2016 by in Behind the Scenes, Culture, Goal 1, News and tagged , .
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