The life and work of Thomas Gainsborough (1727 – 1788) was explored during a free, online event celebrating Thomas Gainsborough. The Portraits, Fancy Pictures and Copies after Old Masters by Hugh Belsey winning the 18th annual William MB Berger Prize for British Art History.
The event was broadcast live from Lowell Libson and Jonny Yarker Gallery in London. Hosted by Jonny Yarker, the event centred on an ‘in conversation’ between Professor Robin Simon, Editor of The British Art Journal, and Hugh Belsey.
Contributors included Mark Bills (Director of Gainsborough’s House) with an update on its ongoing transformation into a major regional centre.
There was an opportunity for viewers to ask questions.
The annual prize created to recognize excellence in the field of British art history was created in 2001 by the Berger Collection Educational Trust (BCET) and The British Art Journal, in honour of the late American collector and patron William MB Berger. Since its inception, the Berger Prize has come to be recognized as the most respected in the field.
Usually the winner is announced at an event in London during December, but the global pandemic means that is not possible in 2020, and so this year the Berger Prize has gone online.
Katherine MB Berger, daughter of William MB Berger and Trustee of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, said before the event,
“Although it is disappointing we cannot hold a physical prizegiving this year, our online event means we can take a much deeper look at our winning title and share this experience with anyone globally. It’s an exciting chance to connect even more people with the Berger Prize and the work of Gainsborough.”
The British Art Journal was launched at a reception given at the Thomas Coram Foundation (now the Foundling Museum), 40 Brunswick Square WC1 on 1 July 1999. Two issues were published in the first year, and three issues have been published every year since.
The British Art Journal publishes original research on British art of all periods, and actively encourages the work of younger scholars. Articles cover most fields of art-historical research, including painting and the graphic arts, books and publishing, sculpture, architecture, the decorative arts, and the history of dress.
Submissions are invited from scholars.
Main articles are usually 3,000 – 7,500 words, but it is a policy of the journal to consider longer articles up to 20,000 words; shorter articles up to 3,000 words.
Suggestions for reviews of books and exhibitions are welcomed.
Contact the Editor,
The British Art Journal,
46 Grove Lane,
All research articles are refereed.
Harvesting by John Nash (1893–1977), 1946. Lithograph poster. Private collection.
See review of ‘John Nash: The Landscape of Love and Solace’, on pp91–92
This issues Featured Article is Andrew Wilton‘s review of ‘Henry Scott Tuke’ at The Watts Gallery, on pp89-90
2 | ‘The Boucher of the Boy Scouts’ and the bubble reputation
3 | Martin Krause
Mrs Booth’s Turners
10 | Rodney Griffiths
Gawen Hamilton (c1697–1737) with a catalogue of his works
34 | Michael Burden
The making and marketing of the Georgian apotheosis
Carter, Strange, Rebecca, Tresham, and de Loutherbourg
42 | Robert LS Cowley
True or false
The haloes of William Hogarth (1697–1764)
48 | Edward Corp
More light on Prince James Stuart with Walter Strickland by Nicolas de Largillierre (1656–1746)
50 | William Hauptman
The Lichfield House Exhibition of 1851, Part II
Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s review
69 | David B Stacey
Philippe-Jacques de Loutherbourg RA (1740–1812)
‘A foreigner of extraordinary merit’
78 | Martin Ferguson Smith
The Royal Academy of Arts Students’ Clubs, 1883–1902
89 | Andrew Wilton
‘Henry Scott Tuke’
Watts Gallery, Compton, 7 June–12 September 2021
96 | Alexander Adams
Eleanor Clayton, Ali Smith (foreword)
Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life
103 | Julian Freeman
Anthony Gross (1905–1984)