RAMM joins Google Arts & Culture
11 April 2018
RAMM has joined Google Arts & Culture, an exciting initiative by the Google Cultural Institute to bring the world’s treasures online. Two exhibitions of Exeter’s art are now available online.
Indian botanical drawings
The first exhibition, East India Company Botanical Drawings, showcases RAMM’s East India Botanical watercolours (about 1790-1810). The majority of the East India School Company drawings in RAMM’s collection depict medicinal or commercially valuable plants. The company employed doctors and surgeons trained in botany to treat its employees. They also set up botanic gardens to study and grow commercially valuable and medicinal plants. The doctors supervised Indian artists who produced illustrations of these plants to use for reference. These works belonged to the botanist Reverend Richard Cresswell (1815-1882). They form part of a larger family collection of botanical material gathered by the Cresswell family in the 19th Century.
Victorian and Edwardian Art
The second exhibition, Victorian and Edwardian Art, gives a taste of the important late 18th- and early 20th-century paintings held in RAMM’s collections. The works have been chosen to illustrate different movements. Styles start with Francis Danby’s Dead Calm Sunset at the Blight of Exmouth, 1855, illustrating Victorian Romanticism. They end with works by the Camden town group such as Harold Gilman’s Girl Combing her Hair, from about 1911.
Google Arts & Culture
The Google Cultural Institute has partnered over 1,200 leading museums and archives, presenting their content on Google Arts & Culture. The institute provides free digital tools and technologies allowing its partner institutes to showcase their cultural content to a global audience. Google’s Cultural Institute is a non-profit platform and its intention is to showcase partner’s cultural content on a non-commercial basis.
Exeter’s Fine Art
RAMM’s Fine Art collection comprises over 8,000 objects in an eclectic mix of paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints and sculpture, representing important British artists and also celebrating the Museum’s location in the South West.
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