Published to accompany the exhibition Wentworth-Fitzwilliam. An English Collection, this catalogue contains reproductions of the 56 works of art that make up the show, with accompanying text by Professor David Ekserdjian. A lecturer in Art and Film History at the University of Leicester since 2004, Professor Ekserdjian also wrote the introduction to this catalogue, which, for comparative purposes, is abundantly illustrated with images of art objects from other collections that are related in some way to the pieces of the Wentworth-Fitzwilliam Collection or those that have formed part of the collection itself at various points in time.
Thanks to Professor Ekserdjian’s captivating writing and these illustrations, which include photographs of Wentworth Woodhouse, the first home of the collection, the introduction weaves a fascinating narrative that guides us through the history of the Wentworth-Fitzwilliam Collection, from the first collector, Thomas Wentworth, First Earl of Strafford (1593–1641), to its current guardian, including moments when it crossed paths with major events in Art History and the history of England itself.
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