John Thomas: The Japanese Portfolio of a Victorian Decorator
18 May – 12 September 2021
John Thomas (c. 1826-c. 1901) was the principal decorator of East Cliff Hall (now the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum). His work can be seen on ceilings, walls, covings, and even stained-glass throughout the building.
In 1861, he published a portfolio of Japanese-inspired prints, predominately of nature scenes. Based on woodblock prints by Japanese artists, many of the images were to form the inspiration behind the decorations in East Cliff Hall.
To celebrate the 160th anniversary of the portfolio’s publication, a selection of sketches from Merton Russell-Cotes’ personal copy will be displayed.
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This display is in the Print Room on the upper floor of the historic house. Please note that this room is only accessible via the main staircase. A booklet about the exhibition is available to visitors unable to visit the exhibition. Ask a member of staff during your visit or download a copy John Thomas The Sketches of a Victorian Decorator
Large Print labels available
18th May 21 - 12th September 21
Admission to the exhibition is included in the general admission ticket.