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(Original post: May 1st, 2010)

We are lucky to live near Cambridge, but it almost always seems to rain when we go there! Luckily, the Fitzwilliam Museum is a great place to visit in any weather.

On this occasion there was a free exhibition of the works of three of the most original painters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries: John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), Walter Sickert (1860-1942) and Stanley Spencer (1891-1959), together with some of their contemporaries.

I really liked these:

"Scene from Lee, North Devon" by Samuel Palmer

"94 degrees in the shade", a self-portrait by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema

"Guidecca", Rio della Convertite on Guidecca Island, watercolour over traces of graphite on paper, by John Singer Sargent
This was my favourite work in the Exhibition. Painted from close to the water-line, it seemed to me to have perfect proportions.

"Sletching on the Guidecca", watercolour by John Singer Sargent
This wasn't shown at the Exhibition, but it's one of my favourites so I'm including it anyway!

In another part of the Museum I couldn't resist taking a photo of this beautiful item:

Plate: the Elements of Earth, Fire, Air and Water
London, 2000
Enamelled by Jane Short (b. 1954)
Silver, spun, engraved and decorated with champleve and basse taille enamels

(BTW: This photo was taken without a flash - I just darkened the background and lifted the colours a bit)

If you liked this...

[My previous post on John Singer Sargent]
[The Corpus Clock in Cambridge (my previous post below)]