From our own collection

I have a dental implant to endure tomorrow – Friday, March 4th – so not too sure l will be in a fit state to attend a private viewing of the Victoria Gallery’s latest exhibition which opens to the public this weekend.

Entitled ‘From Hogarth to Hodgkin’ it showcases some of the best examples from the gallery’s extensive print collection – spanning 700 years. The exhibition runs from March 5th to May 4th – and Discovery Cardholders: get in for free – but l popped in today while things were still being set up.

The following is taken from the gallery’s website: “Before industrial techniques came along in the 19th century, artists could only make prints in limited quantities. Yet the process enabled them to reach a wider audience than with paintings.

Connoisseurs collected them with enthusiasm bordering on mania. In today’s image-saturated world, it is hard to appreciate how precious prints would have seemed in the past.

Created by dozens of different artists and with a cornucopia of subjects, including landscape, satire, portraiture and views of Georgian Bath, there will be something here to please all art lovers.

From Hogarth to Hodgkin features prints by old masters such as Cranach and Durer, but brings the story right up to the present day, with works by Grayson Perry, Cornelia Parker and Paula Rego.”

I met up with Collections Manager, Katharine Wall to find out more.

For more information go to www.victoriagal.org.uk