Browse Exhibits (10 total)

Artists at Home


This exhibit explores Artists at Home (1884), a collection of twenty-five plates and accompanying letterpress published in London by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, and in New York by D. Appleton & Co. The serial publication was issued over six months to some critical acclaim, and even today, its images of prominent British painters, sculptors, and engravers ensconced in their opulent studios give us insight into the social, aesthetic, and economic conditions that prevailed in the Victorian art world.

Artists at Home is a work in progress.



Victorian Correspondence

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This exhibition explores the relationship between Victorian artists' correspondence and custom-built studio houses. 

By: Jenifer Norwalk 


John Ballantyne's Studio Portraits


In the 1860's, London-based Scottish artist John Ballantyne created a series of paintings depicting popular contemporary artists within their studios. In total he completed approximately seventeen paintings, featuring sixteen different artists.

The artists included in this series are:

Thomas Creswick, Alfred W. Elmore, Thomas Faed, Sir Francis Grant, Sir George Harvey, William Holman Hunt, William Powell Frith, Edwin Landseer, Daniel Maclise, Baron Carlo Marochetti, John Everett Millais, Erskine Nicol, Sir Joseph Noel Paton, John Phillip, David Roberts, and Clarkson Stanfield


Ellen Terry


During the late nineteenth century, Ellen Terry (1847–1928) stood at the center of Victorian culture as an actress and a model for painters and photographers. This contextual exhibition explores the story of her career through painting and prints. The exhibit is divided into five sections, including a short biography, public images of Terry dressed for her roles, public images of Terry away from the stage, private images of Terry’s home life, concluding with a glimpse of her home, Smallhythe Place, which is now the Ellen Terry Memorial Museum.   

In the Studios of Paris and London

Henri Gervex in his studio, painting, ca. 1885

In France, the artists's popularity also resulted in a genre of photographs that portrayed their ateliers. This exhibition explores the similarities and differences between two projects across La Manche: Artists at Home and Photographs of artists in their Paris studios, currently in the collection of Archives of American Art (Smithsonian Institution).

By: Ekaterina Koposova

Oriental Design in Leighton's Arab Hall


This exhibition explores the Middle Eastern elements in Sir Frederic Leighton's Arab Hall.

Fashion and the Masculine Identity of Victorian Artists

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Exploring then-current fashion trends among Victorian men to see how an artist could use clothing and fashion as a strategy to create his distinctive professional profile of success and wealth. 

George Henry Boughton's Studio House

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An in-depth look into G.H. Boughton's Studio House as a microcosm of trends in Victorian interior design in artist's homes. 

Kate Greenaway at Home


A case study of Kate Greenaway (1846-1901): successful, imaginative, independent illustrator, and participant in the studio-home craze of the 1880s.  

A Club Fore the Elite: Professional Golfers vs. Celebrity Artists in Victorian Britain

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Leave the golf cart behind and walk the connected course of professional golfers and celebrity artists in Victorian Britain.