Gainsborough and Reynolds: Contrasts in Royal Patronage
Kimbell Art Museum
February 26, 2010 at 6 p.m., FREE
Christopher Lloyd, former Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures, The Royal Collection, UK, will present a free lecture titled Gainsborough and Reynolds: Contrasts in Royal Patronage on Friday, February 26, at 6 p.m. in the Kimbell Art Museum auditorium.
In this free lecture, Lloyd will discuss the contrasting personalities of the greatest artists of 18th-century Britain––Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792) and Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788). Reynolds was formal and intellectual, Gainsborough relaxed and idealistic. Lloyd will highlight how these differences came through in the style of their paintings, as well as their dealings with George III and his court, and how their mutual respect led to one of the most affecting reconciliations in British art.
Lloyd was appointed Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures in 1988, with responsibility for 7,000 paintings and 3,000 miniatures throughout the royal palaces, retiring from this position in 2005. His publications include monographs on painters, official catalogues of museum collections and general surveys of the Royal Collection. Lloyd has curated numerous exhibitions and in 1992 made a six-part television series on the paintings in the Royal Collection for British television.
This lecture is offered in conjunction with the special exhibition From the Private Collections of Texas: European Art, Ancient to Modern, on view through March 21.