Looking at lunchtime - May 13

For Immediate Release

April 23, 2010

April 23, 2010

ENGLISH LANDSCAPE PAINTING EXAMINED IN CONSTABLE AND AFTER: SIR EDWARD MANTON AND THE BRITISH LANDSCAPE DURING FREE LUNCHTIME TALK ON MAY 13 AT THE CLARK
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WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Spend your lunchtime on Thursday, May 13, at lovely Dedham Vale with the giant of English landscape painting John Constable (1776–1837) and successive artists who were deeply influenced by him. Join Sarah Hammond, curatorial assistant at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute during the Looking at Lunchtime Talk, for a closer view of Constable and After: Sir Edwin Manton and the British Landscape, a special installation currently on view in the Manton Gallery. Admission to the 12:30 pm gallery talk is free. Purchase food from the courtyard café or bring a bag lunch to enjoy before or after the talk.


Constable’s use of sketchy brushstrokes of color and his focus on the rural landscape won him many admirers among professional and amateur artists of the later nineteenth century. Painters such as Alfred Vickers, Thomas Churchyard, James Gubbins Archer-Burton, and Lionel Constable, the artist’s son, imitated his style so closely that their works often have been confused with those of the elder Constable. In addition to works by Constable and his followers, the talk will focus on business leader and arts patron Sir Edwin A. G. Manton (1909–2005), for whom the Clark’s Manton Gallery’s is named. Manton’s love of his native English countryside and great admiration for Constable’s work inspired him to collect the lush, painterly landscapes on view in Constable and After: Sir Edwin Manton and the British Landscape.

The Clark’s Manton Collection of British art includes more than two hundred paintings, drawings, and prints by Gainsborough, Constable, Turner, and others. Sir Edwin Manton was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1994 for his generous contributions to the Tate Gallery in London (now Tate Britain). Through it all, his appetite for collecting art never diminished. "I am a compulsive buyer," he once observed. "It's better than spending your money on bottles of Scotch." This magnificent collection, a gift from the Manton Foundation in 2007, constitutes the most significant acquisition of art by the Clark since its founding in 1955.
The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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