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"Travellers’ Tales"
2006-07-27 until 2006-10-28
Sheffield Galleries and Museum Trust, Graves Art Gallery
Sheffield, , UK United Kingdom

Rise above the city at the Graves Art Gallery and then take a journey across continents in an exhibition exploring the joys of travel from 27 July – 28 October 2006. Travellers’ Tales will tour Sheffield City’s rich and far ranging visual art collections from the watercolours of 17th century Italy to the exotic Asian discoveries of intrepid 19th century artists, and beyond, to contemporary documentations of travel. Travel and travelling have provided inspiration to artists for centuries. We are fascinated by the exotic and it is a subject that is close to our hearts. The exhibition will focus on artists’ recording of foreign climes with around 30 paintings and works on paper which haven’t been on display for a number of years, including some works which were last seen at the Mappin Art Gallery before it closed in 2003 for the Weston Park Museum redevelopment project.

Travellers’ Tales will take a grand tour of the world from South of France and Venice to Jamaica and the Far East and there will also be a chance to revisit favourite haunts. Turner was not the only artist to paint Venice, and the exhibition will feature variety of images of the city including a less romantic view by Sheffield born artist Derrick Greaves. Travellers’ Tales will also include ever popular paintings such as the View of Mount Etna from Taormina by John Brett alongside exquisite watercolours and drawings by well travelled nineteenth century artist, Edward Lear and work by Holman Hunt.


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