Monthly Archives: December 2013

Merry Christmas from the Edwardian Culture Network!


‘A Large Christmas Card’ by Aubrey Beardsley, 1895 (Yale Center for British Art)

Wishing all members and regular visitors of the Edwardian Culture Network a very Happy Christmas! We hope to see some of you at our conference in April!

Exhibition: Reclaming Rose


Edwardian scholars may be interested in the following exhibition, opening early next year:

Reclaiming Rose: Rose Dempster Bonnor, portrait painter (1874-1967),

Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham February – 27th April 2014

Rose Bonnor was a well-known, accomplished and prolific portrait painter of her day. Between 1894 and 1916 she exhibited thirteen paintings at the Royal Academy, eight at the Walker Gallery Liverpool and one each at the Manchester City Art Gallery and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.

She had been a prize-winning student at Clapham School of Art, later the Camberwell School of Art, having a portrait first accepted at the Royal Academy in 1894 as a nineteen year old.

Altogether Rose produced at least eighty major portraits, many of well-known public figures. Her portrait of Lord Kenyon, lord-in-waiting to Queen Victoria, Edward VII and George V, attracted particular attention. A highly favourable review in the Evening News in 1916 concluded “…. a notable piece of work by a woman”. Lord Kenyon was one of many prominent people who commissioned a portrait from Rose. This, and the publicity such portraits attracted, established her reputation. Continue reading

CFP: The Visual Arts in Wales

'Landscape at Tenby with Figures' by Gwen John, c.1896

‘Landscape at Tenby with Figures’ by Gwen John, c.1896

Call for Papers: Wales/Iâl/Yale

Graduate Student Symposium, Saturday, April 5, 2014
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut

This one-day graduate student symposium considers the visual arts in Wales.

For centuries, Wales has been an integral and yet distinct part of the United Kingdom. Its history, language, and landscape have inspired artists of all kinds–from painters, sculptors, and architects to musicians, dancers, and poets.

Yale University itself has deep and enduring ties to the country. Founded in 1701 as the Collegiate School, it was renamed Yale College in 1718 after Elihu Yale (1649–1721), the original benefactor who was of Welsh ancestry. Indeed, the surname Yale comes from the Welsh place name Iâl. Elihu Yale himself is buried in his ancestral home in the churchyard of St. Giles Church, Wrexham, while Wrexham Tower at Yale University’s Saybrook College is modeled after St. Giles’s tower and incorporates an inscribed stone sent to the university as a gift from the church.

The symposium coincides with two exhibitions opening at the Yale Center for British Art in spring 2014 that feature Welsh artists and depictions of Wales Continue reading