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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18th May 21 - 12th September 21
Admission to the exhibition is included in the general admission ticket.