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Past exhibitions

Here we showcase past exhibitions at Newstead Abbey & Gardens in the Autumn 2019 included Lord Byron by Thomas Phillips, Kindness: Prints and drawings by David Shrigley, A British Museum Spotlight Loan: The golden age of satire? Late-Georgian satirical prints.

The virtual tour

Now, through V21 Artspace we are able to bring you virtual tours.

Click on the images below to explore the exhibitions in digital form.


Lord Byron by Thomas Phillips

The renowned painting of Byron by Thomas Phillips was on display at his ancestral home at Newstead from 13 July until 3 November 2019.

The portrait showed Byron at the age of 25, dressed in a traditional Albanian costume he had bought in 1809 while on his grand tour of Europe. It has since become one of the most famous and enduring images of the poet at the height of his fame and notoriety.

Coming Home is a major project which sees the National Portrait Gallery lend 50 portraits of iconic individuals to places across the UK with which they are most closely associated. These artworks will be available for audiences to see in local museums, galleries and other venues, along with special programming available for families and communities.



Kindness: Prints and drawings by David Shrigley

Inspired by Nottingham City Museums’ latest acquisition ‘KINDNESS’, we examine contemporary satire through the work of contemporary artist David Shrigley. In this collection of prints and drawings, Glasgow-based Shrigley’s wit and humorous observations – not directly pointed at any particular point, person or group – comment on how the artist responds to the world around him.

Rather than attacking politicians or monarchs, Shrigley highlights the obscurities of the Human Condition, mocking the often benign and casual way we live our daily lives.



A British Museum Spotlight Loan: The golden age of satire? Late-Georgian satirical prints

Within this spotlight exhibition in the King Charles II Bedroom, Newstead Abbey presents nine late Georgian prints from the British Museum’s collection. The prints cruelly mocked King George III and his dissolute sons in the period 1790–1820. This time is often referred to as the ‘golden age of satire’ and the prints on display are by the most talented, prolific and vicious satirists from that time, including Gillray, Cruikshank, Rowlandson and Newton.  Many of the prints featured in the British Museum’s major 2018 exhibition I Object: Ian Hislop’s search for dissent.

Within the context of Newstead Abbey, The Golden Age of Satire? is an illustrative reflection of Political opinion of the Late-Georgian period, which in turn echoes some of Lord Byron’s own criticisms and opinions during his lifetime – particularly his unique and irresistible way of speaking his mind.



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