‘Francis Barlow: Painter of Birds and Beasts’ Exhibition at Clandon Park, 10 May – 24 July 2011

Prof. Michael Hunter and Nathan Flis of St Catherine’s College, Oxford, have curated an exhibition at Clandon Park of printed images produced by Francis Barlow (c.1626-1704). This is the perfect setting because the house contains a number of important paintings by Barlow including The Decoy, and Landscape with Birds and Fishes, and so it is a real treat to see the prints alongside the paintings. The exhibition features Barlow’s printed images of exotic animals,  hunting, hawking, and fishing, hounds and hares, as well as political prints produced to support the Whig cause during the Restoration period. The images of the natural world are especially interesting as they tell us much about the new seventeenth-century intellectual culture of curiosity. The exhibition is accompanied by an informative and nicely illustrated book which argues that Barlow was the most significant native-born English artist before Hogarth: if you’re less familiar with Barlow’s work than Hogarth’s, then go and see this exhibition and be prepared to be persuaded!  

Clandon Park, West Clandon, Guildford, Surrey GU4 7RQ. Tel 01483 222482. 
House open 11-5, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sun, admission £7.70.

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