19CC Visiting Speaker Series – Wednesday 29 November

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Wednesday 29 November, 5pm, Arts 103: Dr Madeline Hewitson (Ashmolean exhibition), in conversation with Dr Kate Nichols. Dr Hewitson will be talking to our very own Dr Kate Nichols about the major exhibition at the Ashmolean, ‘Colour Revolution: Victorian Art, Fashion and Design’ (https://www.ashmolean.org/people/madeline-hewitsonhttps://www.ashmolean.org/exhibition/colour-revolution-victorian-art-fashion-design). 

Further details of our research event: 

‘Colour Revolution: Victorian Art, Fashion and Design’

The Ashmolean’s current exhibition ‘Colour Revolution: Victorian Art, Fashion & Design’ dispels the myth that the British nineteenth century was a monochrome, polluted era and charts the cultural phenomenon led, in part, by artists and designers which fundamentally changed colour production, perception and experience. 

  Dr Madeline Hewitson, exhibition research assistant, will give an overview of the show’s themes and the breadth of Victorian material culture on display including aniline-dyed clothing, necklaces made from hummingbird heads, mass-produced magazines and books and works by leading artists such as JMW Turner, John Everett Millais, Lizzie Siddal, Phoebe Anna Traquair, John Gibson, John Frederick Lewis, Albert Moore, and James McNeill Whistler. 

Along with Dr Kate Nichols, Madeline will discuss several ‘highlight’ objects in more detail in order to explore the philosophical background of the Victorian colour revolution, the links between literature and visual culture through colour, and much like any other revolution – its consequences and global impact.