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Lady Canning: An Indian Summer Lecture

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  • Adult: £25.00
  • Harewood Member: £22.50


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Monday 18 September 2017
2.30pm – 5pm

Join our Historic Collections Adviser Professor Ann Sumner for an exclusive talk on the Indian watercolours of Charlotte, Lady Canning to coincide with our new exhibition, An Indian Summer, which she curated.

Charlotte Canning, was a talented artist who became lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria in 1842 accompanying the Queen on tours of Britain, recording her travels in a series of beautiful watercolours. With her husband Charles, Charlotte also travelled extensively around Europe, and in 1855, she accompanied him to India, following his appointment as Governor-General.

Charlotte painted continually throughout her time in India, documenting remarkable journeys around the country over a period of 5 years from her month-long voyage up the Ganges by steamer boat, to official marches following the suppression of the First War of Indian Independence in 1858. She also embarked upon many personal treks into the Himalayas, recording flora and fauna in precise detail along with spectacular mountain scenery and extraordinary jungle views. In India her style matured and she produced some of her most outstanding works.

Volumes of Charlotte’s watercolours were sent home to her mother in England who was ‘enchanted by their variety, industry, taste and science’. The Victorian art critic John Ruskin thought Charlotte’s depictions of Indian foliage were the ‘greatest representation of flowers he had ever seen’.

For the first time in over 20 years, Charlotte’s stunning Indian watercolours are on public display, marking both the bicentenary of her birth and the 70th anniversary of Indian Independence in August 2017. This lecture will explore the fascinating story of Charlotte’s time in India through her beautiful paintings of the country, and will be followed by a private tour of the Indian Summer exhibition.

Professor Ann Sumner

Ann Sumner is an art historian and exhibition curator and is currently Historic Collections Adviser to the Harewood House Trust. From 2007-2012 she was Director of the Barber Institute of Fine Art at the University of Birmingham, and previously Head of Fine Art at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff. Professor Sumner has also held curatorial positions at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery and the Holburne Museum. She has a particular interest in British watercolours.

Professor Sumner currently sits on the Curatorial Advisory Group for the Ironbridge Gorge Museums, is a Trustee of the Methodist Art Collection of Modern Art, the Museum of Bath at Work and of Leeds Art Fund.

Useful Information

Your ticket for this event includes full access to the House and Grounds, so you are welcome join us for the whole day, to explore the rest of Harewood during your visit. Make the most of your visit and explore our series of Victoria themed exhibitions and displays, on the State Floor and Below Stairs.

Please make your way to the Below Stairs Entrance on arrival.

Refreshments are included as part of this lecture.

For any further information and to book, please contact us on 0113 218 1000 or email info@harewood.org.