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The Groves Quartet

Artwork of the Month for September 2021 has been chosen by Peter Gibbard, former Chair of the Friends. The painting, dated 1854, is by a little-known artist, Ann Beaumont, the earliest woman artist to feature in the Gallery's collection. The painting depicts the...

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H.19 (Canticle) by John Golding

Artwork of the Month for August 2121 is a 20th-century abstract painting from York Art Gallery's collection. Intriguingly titled H. 19 (Canticle), the work is by the artist John Golding (1929-2012), who was also an art historian, curator, and educator. Professor...

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The Lamp by Amy B Atkinson

Peter Gibbard, former Chair of the Friends of York Art Gallery, has chosen an evocative study of the use of light as his Artwork of the Month. 'The Lamp' is an oil painting by a little-known woman artist, Amy Beatrice Atkinson (1859-1816),  who led an interesting life...

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Grace England: MA student bursary report

Each year the Friends sponsor an internship at York Art Gallery for an MA student in the History of Art, University of York, to research an aspect of the collection. The most recent bursary was awarded to  Grace England whose research adds greatly to our understanding...

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Early history of York School of Design

Simon Spier, a former bursary student of the Friends, has recently published research into the early history of York School of Design. Established in 1842, the school was one of the first provincial branches of the Government School of Design which was set up with the...

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Portrait by Parmigianino

The Portrait of a Young Man with a Book by Parmigianino is our Artwork of the Month for May 2021. The painting is a treasure of the Gallery's collection and a significant example of the work of this great artist. It is also a personal favourite of Anne Hall, a...

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Artist Q&A: Ealish Wilson textiles artist

Ealish Wilson is a York-based textiles artist whose work is created with traditional skills such as smocking and pleating and complemented by the tools of modern technology like digital printing. Here she is in conversation with Judith Glover, former Secretary of the...

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Portrait of Charlotte Fitzroy

Artwork of the Month for April 2021 is one of the highlights of the Gallery collection, the portrait, by Sir Peter Lely, of Charlotte Fitzroy, the illegitimate daughter of King Charles II. The child is shown accompanied by an unidentified page boy. The painting was...

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Stafford Pottery Plaque

Artwork of the Month for March 2021 is an earthenware plaque which is on display in the Wall of Pots at York Art Gallery. Sammi Scott, a PHD student at the University of York, explores how this unassuming tile relates to a complex history of copies, forgeries,...

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