Exhibitions

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One of the benefits of the Museum Network has been the opportunity to share exhibitions. The first exhibition organised jointly between The Bowes Museum and Compton Verney is Vive La Parisienne: Women through the Eyes of the Impressionists, 30 September - 10 December 2006.

The Wallace Collection is not permitted by the terms of Lady Wallace’s bequest to lend any of its works of art. However, it is possible for the other members of the Network to mount displays of their objects in the Wallace Collection’s exhibition galleries or for the Wallace Collection to borrow an exhibition devised by one of its Network partners.

The last partnership exhibition on display at The Wallace Collection was ‘Theatres of Life: Drawings from the Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor’

This splendid exhibition offered visitors the first opportunity in London to see more than seventy drawings from Waddesdon Manor, the great Rothschild house in Buckinghamshire. Collected mainly in the nineteenth century by Edmond de Rothschild, the drawings include wonderful works by major French draughtsmen of the eighteenth century, including Boucher, Fragonard and the Saint-Aubins, as well as Dutch and British artists such as Berchem and Sir David Wilkie. The exhibition ran over January 2008.

Previously there have been three exhibitions of this kind: The Road to Impressionism: Nineteenth-Century Paintings from the Bowes Museum (2003)Town House Treasures: Sir William Holburne of Bath (2004) andSalvator Rosa: Wild Landscapes, devised by Compton Verney (2005). It is hoped there will be many more collaborative exhibitions between members of the Network.

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