Thursday 18 May – Thursday 26 October 2017
1pm – 1.30pm
This talk takes place every Thursday throughout the season*
Join us every Thursday for a specialist talk from our Collections Team. Learn more about the objects in the collection they look after and discover some of their favourites.
Our Objects in Focus run every Thursday throughout the open season.
23rd May: Etchings by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (Talk location: The Old Library, State Floor) – Please note that this talk will be taking place on Tuesday 23rd May
25th May: Early Royal photography at Harewood (Talk location: Princess Mary’s Dressing Room, State Floor)
1st June: Snapshot, The life and times of Florence Bridgeman, 5th Countess of Harewood (Talk location: The Terrace Gallery)
8th June: Lady Worsley (Talk location: Cinnamon Drawing Room, State Floor)
15th June: Early Royal photography at Harewood (Talk location: Princess Mary’s Dressing Room, State Floor)
22nd June: Introduction to Steve Manthorp’s Haunted Doll’s House (Talk location: The Old Library, State Floor)
29th June: El Greco’s Allegory (Talk location: The Gallery, State Floor)
6th July: Kathy Dalwood, Re-imagining the Plaster Bust (Talk location: China Room, State Floor)
13th July: Etchings by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (Talk location: The Old Library, State Floor)
20th June: Etchings by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (Talk location: The Old Library, State Floor)
27th July: Early Royal photography at Harewood (Talk location: Princess Mary’s Dressing Room, State Floor)
For scheduling beyond these dates, please do get in touch.
Etchings by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
“Landseer again gave us a lesson in etching, making us try various new points & showing us the great advantage of changing points for different stages of the work, in which we have hitherto been very deficient.” Queen Victoria, 1843
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were enthusiastic amateur artists and were taught in the art of etching by Victorian painters Sir George Hayter and Sir Edwin Landseer. Find out more about Harewood’s rare album of etchings, a personal gift from the Royal couple to Prince Albert’s private secretary, George Anson, that give an incredibly intimate insight into their world.
Early Royal photography at Harewood
‘I was photographed in my Court dress, by Mr Fenton, alone & with Albert – I hope successfully.’ Queen Victoria, 1854
Queen Victoria was the first British monarch to have her life documented by the camera. Take a closer look at a rare and personal collection of early photographs of the Queen and her family by pioneering Victorian photographers such as Roger Fenton, Leonida Caldesi and Frances Sally Day.
Snapshot: The life and times of Florence Bridgeman, 5th Countess of Harewood
These recently digitized albums of photographs by Florence Bridgeman give us an extraordinary insight into a lost era – the relaxed lifestyle of the Lascelles family and their friends at the end of the 19th and start of the 20th century and is a celebration of the advent of the Kodak Eastman camera and its huge impact in the history of image making. The new style camera was particularly seized upon by the modern woman as a tool of their developing freedoms and the `snapshots` of this very early era are a forerunner of our casual camera phone images of today.
Kathy Dalwood: Re-imagining the Plaster Bust
Kathy Dalwood’s plaster busts are playful re-interpretations of the historic bust. The artist has used a variety of casting processes to create works that reflect the histories of fashion, industry, architecture and design and in our display in the China Room, reflect some of technological advances of the Victorians. They stand in contrast with a display of traditionally sculpted Victorian busts and we will consider the different techniques and approaches used.
Introduction to Steve Manthorp’s Haunted Doll’s House
A chance to look in more detail at The Haunted Doll’s House currently residing in the Library.
El Greco’s Allegory
Originally from Crete, the artist El Greco travelled to Italy and then Spain where he settled at Toledo. Join Professor Ann Sumner, Historic Collections Adviser to hear more about one of Harewood’s most important Old Master paintings which shows a boy blowing on a burning ember with an ape and grinning figure. What is the meaning of this unusual work, how many versions exist and how did it come to Harewood and hear how the paintings came to Harewood. Professor Sumner will consider these questions and why she is so drawn to this particular work.
Sir Joshua Reynolds’ portrait of Lady Worsley is one of the most iconic and well-known paintings in Harewood’s collection. Originally painted as one of a pair with that of her husband, Sir Richard Worsley, his wife wears a striking red riding habit modelled on the uniform of the South Hampshire Militia. Famously, Lady Worsley’s marriage was not to last, ending in public scandal and divorce. Join Historic Collections Advisor, Professor Ann Sumner, to find out more about the sitter’s colourful story and why this portrait is now renowned as one of the greatest 18th century British portraits.
On the day please make your way to the Entrance Hall of the State Floor for more information and confirmation of the talk locations.
*Please note that we may occasionally have to change the dates or subject of talks – please call 0113 218 1043 or email email@example.com before your visit for the latest information.
Objects in Focus talks are included within our Freedom ticket. Grounds & Below Stairs ticket holders will be required to purchase a State Floor upgrade.