|Bolton Museum And Art Gallery
||[Jan. 28th, 2011|07:36 pm]
George Romney's painting of the shipwreck scene from the Tempest, originally painted for Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery. After Boydell's venture went bust Romney's huge canvas passed through several hands, hung for a while in Bolton public baths and was eventually chopped up in 1959 by a curator who kept what he thought were the best bits and threw the rest away. Among the bits he liked was a portrait of Emma Hamilton as Miranda. We went over to Bolton Museum for a lunchtime talk by Matthew Constantine, senior manager of collections. It was a clever talk, dealing with ten items from the Collection- each one linked to the next in some way or other- beginning and ending with the sad remains of |
Bolton Museum contains all sorts- from stuffed animals to Epstein bronzes. Its Egyptian collection is one of the biggest in the country. Among its finest- and least likely- holdings are three paintings by the 19th century American landscape painter Thomas Moran.