Art School Drawings from the 19th Century

Art education in 19th-century Britain was shaped by four London-based organisations: the Royal Academy Schools, the Government Schools of Design, the Department of Science and Art (based in this museum) and the Slade School of Art. Each was driven by powerful ideologies which dictated students' training.

These drawings, by students and teachers, reflect the different principles and practices of each school. They also reveal more general changes in emphasis over the 19th century. As subject matter, antique sculpture was gradually replaced by depictions of un-idealised human figures. Stylistically, the earlier insistence on a high level of technical finish gave way to a more spontaneous, sketchy kind of drawing.


The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014

5 April - 27 July 2014. The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014 is a comprehensive look at Italian Fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present day. The story is explored through the key individuals and organisations that have contributed to Italy's reputation for quality and style.

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Seventeenth-Century Women's Dress Patterns: Book One

Seventeenth-Century Women's Dress Patterns: Book One

This innovative and breathtakingly detailed book from the V&A's fashion collections presents dress patterns, construction details, embroidery and …

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Event - Lunchtime Lecture: Victorian Electrotypes at the V&A: A perfect Marriage of Art and Industry

Wed 25 June 2014 13:00

LUNCHTIME LECTURE: Join Senior Curator Angus Patterson as he explores the museum's collection of electrotypes.

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