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A History of Fashion in Art

Scottish National Gallery The Hawthornden Lecture Theatre (please enter via the back door of the RSA)
  • Tuesday 12 November 2019, 6:30-8:30pm
£ 14.00

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From the brocade, ermine and steel in Hugo van der Goes Trinity Alterpiece to the fine lace in Alan Ramsay’s portrait of his wife, the mauve sash and ribbons of John Singer Sargent’s Lady Agnew and black dress of F.C.B. Cadell’s 1921 portrait of Miss Hamilton Don Wauchope, right up to Christian Hook’s subversive rendering of the kilt in his portrait of Alan Cumming or Alison Watt’s homage to Ingres’ drapes Sabine, the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland provides rich source material for considering the ways in which artists in Scotland and beyond have approached the representation of fabrics and clothing, their textures and social meanings.

In this lecture, Director of Collection and Research at the National Galleries of Scotland and widely published scholar on the history of fashion, Christopher Breward, will reflect on the best examples of fashion painting in our collection and the ways in which the relation between fashion and art has become of central interest to curators and audiences of major galleries across the world.

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Allan Ramsay The Artist's Wife: Margaret Lindsay of Evelick, c 1726 - 1782 1758 - 1760
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