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York Gallery Study Day Report

We began by touring the Treasurer’s House, and learnt from the room stewards that Frank Green, a wealthy Wakefield industrialist and avid collector, had bought the house in 1897...

Study Day at York Art Gallery

Twenty members enjoyed a Study Day on 7 December. We began by touring the Treasurer’s House, and learnt from the room stewards that Frank Green, a wealthy Wakefield industrialist and avid collector, had bought the house in 1897 when it was sub-divided into separate houses, and spent time refurbishing, altering and furnishing it appropriately, ensuring that the items of furniture he purchased remained in his chosen position by inserting studs in the floors to indicate where the pieces should stand (we all spent time searching for the almost invisible stud heads). The stewards explained about the furniture and decoration, as well as telling us anecdotes about Frank Green and his friends, who included members of the Royal family.

The Art Gallery was our destination in the afternoon. Having been split into two groups, we were taken outside to learn about the history and architecture of the building, before returning to the warmth of the new Ceramics Galleries. Dorothy Nott, who took the group I was in, was a knowledgeable and expert guide, and we were able to spend time examining the pottery and learning about the distinguished potters who created them and the generous donors who had gifted their collections. There was time for a brief visit into the Burton Gallery, where we were able to admire a new acquisition, the Automaton Clock, and learn a little more about William Etty and some of the other painters and sculptors whose work was on display.

It was a most successful and interesting day, and thanks are due to Susan Elliott for organising this event.

Helen Byard

 

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