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Help The De Morgan Museum bring Winifred Home

Support the public display of a rare portrait by Evelyn De Morgan.

The De Morgan Museum is launching an urgent appeal to bring home and display this captivating portrait by celebrated Victorian female artist, Evelyn De Morgan. Depicting her young cousin, Winifred Bulwer, on one of their family holidays to Cannon Hall, this is a unique example of De Morgan’s seldom-seen portraiture.

Championing a female artist

‘Portrait of Winifred Bulwer' (1880) is a stunning oil painting by Evelyn De Morgan (1855 - 1919), one of the most prominent female artists of the Victorian period. De Morgan rose to fame despite the challenges of social convention preventing women from becoming artists. At the beginning of her career, De Morgan made no fewer than three intimate portraits of close family members. With an arresting forward gaze and obvious ease with the artist, these intriguing artworks are unlike De Morgan’s historical and mythological subjects for which she is best known.

Saving local history

This portrait has been acquired for free public display at the De Morgan Museum at Cannon Hall, Barnsley, once a stunning 16th century mansion at which both artist and sitter spent happy summers with extended family. Displaying the painting here would at once enhance the understanding of De Morgan’s full artistic range and add an important piece of local history. The portrait will be displayed alongside scrapbooks of photographs and drawings which depict Winifred playing in the grounds of Cannon Hall, an activity still enjoyed by thousands of families today.

With your help, the De Morgan Museum now has the exciting opportunity to ensure this portrait will remain on public display in perpetuity from July 2023, for all to enjoy.

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This painting has been purchased with support by Art Fund and the Arts Council England/V&A Purchase Grant Fund who have recognised the importance of this painting for the De Morgan Museum at Cannon Hall, its audiences, and researchers.

The De Morgan Museum needs to raise £10,000 to prepare this portrait for display at its museum by Friday 21st July.

With just three weeks to reach our target, the De Morgan Foundation needs your help urgently. Please give as generously as you can: all donations, no matter how much, bring us one step closer to displaying this masterpiece for everyone to enjoy.


The Arts Council England/V&A Purchase Grant Fund

The Arts Council England/V&A Purchase Grant Fund is a government fund that helps regional museums, record offices and specialist libraries in England and Wales to acquire objects relating to the arts, literature, and history.

It was established at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in 1881 and continues to be part of its nationwide work. The annual grants budget, currently £725,000, is provided by Arts Council England National Lottery Funding

Each year, the Purchase Grant Fund considers some 150 applications and awards grants to around 100 organisations, enabling acquisitions of over £3 million to go ahead.

About Art Fund

Art Fund is the national fundraising charity for art. It provides millions of pounds every year to help museums to acquire and share works of art across the UK, further the professional development of their curators, and inspire more people to visit and enjoy their public programmes. Art Fund is independently funded, supported by Art Partners, donors, trusts and foundations and the 135,000 members who buy the National Art Pass, who enjoy free or discounted entry to over 850 museums, galleries and historic places, 50% off major exhibitions, and receive Art Quarterly magazine. Art Fund also supports museums through its annual prize, Art Fund Museum of the Year. The winner of Art Fund Museum of the Year 2022 is Horniman Museums & Gardens.

The De Morgan Foundation

William and Evelyn De Morgan were artists who believed art could be a tool creating a better, more beautiful world for everyone, forever. Today the De Morgan Foundation works to continue their legacy and to realise their aims.

The collection was formed in1967 by Evelyn’s younger sister, Wilhelmina Stirling. Today, the De Morgan Collection is owned and cared for by the De Morgan Foundation, an independent, registered charity.

The Collection includes 58 oil paintings by Evelyn De Morgan, ranging in scale from the domestic and intimate to extremely large, imposing canvases, along with over 600 works on paper, which vary from compositional sketches and life drawings to highly finished pastel studies of her oil paintings. Evelyn's uncle, John Roddam Spencer Stanhope, is also represented with an early oil on panel painting and a number of drawings and sketches.

The Collection also includes over 700 ceramics by William De Morgan, including 50 tile panels and 420 individual tiles, and 260 plates, chargers, vases, bottles, and bowls.

The Foundation displays the Collection at its own museum at Cannon Hall, Barnsley, and at partner museums around the country, as well as touring nationally and internationally through its temporary exhibition programme.

Sarah Hardy, De Morgan Museum Director | 07772088027 | [email redacted].uk



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