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  • Ephemera Society Fair 2017

  • Sunday 3 December
  • Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury
  • Coram Street
  • London WC1N 1HT
  • United Kingdom
  • All are welcome · Entry £3 · 11am - 4pm
  • Members from 10am with membership cards
  • www.ephemera-society.org.uk/

 

 

 
 

Life on the London Stage

Until 6 December 2017 Print of grimaldi

The curtain has lifted on this new exhibition from the London Metropolitan Archives which uncovers the lives of performers on the London stage, from the days of Elizabethan theatre to the 20th century.

Original records that document the successes of some of London’s most celebrated performers will appear alongside workhouse records, court registers and other sources. From Shakespeare’s forgotten brother to Charlie Chaplin and the stars of Music Hall, Life on the London Stage will delve into our and present a fascinating record of the lives of London’s entertainers.

Graham Packham, chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Culture, Heritage and Libraries Committee, said: "Some surprising finds and extraordinary stories have come to light during the LMA’s research for Life On The London Stage, including how Edmund Shakespeare, of whom many of us know nothing, followed his older brother to London to work as an actor. Visitors will also learn about the houses owned by Nell Gwyn, one of London’s greatest rags-to-riches stories; how music hall star, Marie Lloyd, alarmed the authorities with her routines; and Kenneth Williams’ advice about how he dealt with school bullies."

  • London Metropolitan Archives
  • 40 Northampton Road
  • Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0HB
  • UK
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  • Image: Detail from ticket for Mr Grimaldi's Night, Sadlers Wells, 1814

 

 

Street Fans: A Unique Liaison between Street Art & Fan Making

Opening 19 September 2017

An international cast of street artists including RUN, C215, Nathan Bowen, Dale Grimshaw, Zabou & Sr.X are teaming up with fan maker extraordinaire, Sylvain Le Guen in a bid to reinvigorate the craft of fan making, cited by the Heritage Craft Association as at ‘serious risk of no longer being practiced.’ The fruits of the collaboration – fifty original folding fans – are set to enliven The Fan Museum’s elegant Georgian interiors from September 19.

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At different times throughout the exhibition run visitors can get up close and personal with some of the street artists participating in the project, who’ll be occupying the galleries and making new works in response to the displays. The Museum’s expert fan making tutors will also be in residence encouraging visitors to try fan making for themselves. Check the Museum’s website for a schedule of events.

  • The Fan Museum
  • 12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich
  • London SE10 8ER
  • UK
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The Land without Music: Satirizing Song in Eighteenth-Century England

Until 29 September 2017

Music pervaded public and private spaces in eighteenth-and nineteenth-century England; yet, in 1904, German critic Oscar Adolf Hermann Schmitz, heightening long-standing aspersions, dismissed England as a “land without music.” This unflattering epithet pointed to England’s meager contributions to the western musical canon during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries—no English Gluck, Mozart, or Verdi; no English operatic or symphonic tradition that could rival those that flourished on the continent.

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The English, critics like Schmitz suggested, were importers rather than producers—tasteless consumers and dilettantes rather than discerning, proficient practitioners. This view did not originate with continental nationalists; in the eighteenth century the English often presented themselves as uniquely unmusical in print and in visual satire.

At once self-effacing and boastful, this representation asserted a national character too sensible, too chaste, too sober to permit the excesses of musical genius. Bringing together satirical prints and documents pertaining to English music makers and listeners, this exhibition explores English attitudes toward music as lascivious, feminine, foreign, frivolous, and distinctly un-English.

Image: detail from copy after James Gillray, A Little Music, or, The Delights of Harmony, 1818.
Copyright © Yale University

  • Lewis Walpole Library, Yale Univeersity
  • 154 Main Street Farmington
  • Connecticut 06032
  • USA
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L'Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters

Until 7 January 2018

This exhibition features approximately 50 posters by the five grand masters of the medium: Jules Chéret, Eugène Grasset, Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Alphonse Mucha.

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The posters date from 1875 to 1910, the exuberant era in France known as the Belle Époque. These pioneering artists reigned in Paris during this period of artistic proliferation, defining a never-before-seen, and never forgotten, art form.

Drawn from the Driehaus Collection of Fine and Decorative Arts, the posters on view feature such iconic images as Steinlen’s Le Chat Noir and Lautrec’s Moulin Rouge: La Goulue. Each of the five artists will be featured in one of the period galleries in the Museum, allowing guests to explore the artists’ individual style and compare them with their contemporaries.

  • The Richard H. Driehaus Museum
  • 40 East Erie Street
  • Chicago, Illinois 60611
  • USA
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Victoria Revealed

Until 17 February 2018

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This exhibition explores the many, often surprising, aspects of Queen Victoria’s character: devoted wife, dedicated mother, devastated widow and powerful stateswoman.

Follow Victoria’s story from the room in which she spent her first moments as queen. Trace her journey from young girl to queen enthralled with a new husband, to grieving matriarch and ruler of a vast empire.

Included in the exhibition are iconic, impressive, beautiful and often deeply personal objects, from Victoria’s simple white silk wedding gown, to the dolls she made, dressed and named as a little girl.

Victoria and the people who surrounded her tell this story: excerpts from her journals, letters and reports from contemporary commentators give insight into the extraordinary life of the woman whose name defined an age.

 


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