Here are some of RAMM’s recent new acquisitions:
Trevor Beer’s taxidermy
2018 – five mounted animals mounted by taxidermist Paul Rose that belonged to local nature writer, wildlife artist and naturalist Trevor Beer (1937-2017).
2017 – ‘Specimens from an Imaginary Voyage’, by Steffen Dam. Acquired with support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, the Art Fund and Friends of RAMM. A commission inspired by RAMM’s Sladen’s Study gallery.
22,888 Roman coins
2016 – The Seaton Down Hoard was found by metal-detectorist Laurence Egerton who was detecting on land belonging to Clinton Devon Estates near Seaton. It consists of approximately 22,888 coins. It was purchased, conserved and displayed with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Clinton Devon Estates, Thomson Reuters, Devon County Council, Patrick and Sally Long and many members of the public.
2011 – Bideford, Devon 1946, an important post-second world war landscape painting by David Bomberg. Acquired through the Acceptance in Lieu scheme.
2010 – An Egyptian tapestry, ‘Fields and Village on the Nile’, woven by Mahrous Abdou and acquired from the Ramses Wissa Wassef Arts Centre, Egypt. It was purchased with assistance from Dr Jenni Balfour-Paul, The Art Fund, the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund, and the Friends of Exeter Museums and Art Gallery.
2010 – Cosway miniature, a 7.2 cm-high portrait of William, 3rd Viscount Courtenay, one of Richard Cosway’s finest works. Painted in 1793, in watercolour on ivory, it has an unidentified lock of hair sealed behind. Purchased with the help of the MLA/ V&A Purchase Grant Fund, the Art Fund and the Friends of Exeter Museums and Art Gallery .
2010 – Golden Fields of Rice (2009), an intricately crafted, £17,000 lacquered container with gold motifs and a fine example of the craftsmanship of the highly skilled lacquer maker, Mutsumi Suzuki (1942 to 2009).
2008 – A painting of ‘John Rolle Walter’, 1753, by Pompeo Girolamo Batoni, purchased with assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Art Fund, the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund, Devon County Council, the Friends of Exeter Museums and Art Gallery and the Reynolds Chard Bequest, 2008.