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A Passion for Building: The Amateur Architect in England 1650-1850 - OUT OF PRINT

This exhibition and catalogue celebrates the most gifted, inventive and eccentric amateurs of the 18th and early 19th centuries with a selection of drawings, engravings and portraits gathered from Soane's collection and other museums, archives and private houses around the country. More

Deaf, Dumb & Brilliant: Johannes Thopas, Master Draughtsman

Until recently, the Dutch draughtsman Johannes Thopas, who was born in 1626 both deaf and dumb, was only known to a small group of connoisseurs, dealers and collectors. However, his remarkable, subtle and technically refined portrait drawings on parchment deserve a wider audience. This handsome publication, the first devoted to his work, will prove to be an eye opener for many art lovers. More

Canadian Art: The Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Together with important First Nations material, the Thomson Canadian Collection is the largest of all private holdings of Canadian art. There are rare and incomparable examples of Northwest Coast Aboriginal art. Krieghoff’s inspired accounts of life in the Canadas, prior to Confederation, bring the light and atmosphere of history fully into the present. A staggering power to capture the fleeting and the fugitive in paint still distinguishes the work of the early 20th-century painter Morrice... More

Kenneth Thomson the Collector and the Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Ken Thomson was no mere trophy gatherer. A man of passionate commitment and of wide-ranging cultural curiosity, the late Lord Thomson of Fleet (1923–2006) began a half-century of collecting in 1953 and continued to the very end of his life. The Thomson Collection has drawn the respect of museum curators worldwide. In terms of quantity and quality, the Collection’s body of Canadian art has no equal; and a number of works, principal among them The Massacre of the Innocents, the masterpiece of Rubens’s early maturity, are of truly international significance. More

Medieval Ivories and Works of Art in the Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario

The Thomson collection contains examples of the highest quality of most types of medieval ivory carving, both secular and religious. These include large statuettes of the Virgin and Child intended to stand on altars in chapels, small versions for private use in the home and folding tablets or diptychs with scenes from the life of Christ carved in relief. More

Ship Models in the Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Spanning some 350 years, the Thomson Collection of historic ship models contains examples of exquisite workmanship and some of the masterpieces of the genre. Pride of the collection are the rare British dockyard models made to scale for affluent 18th-century clients closely associated with the Navy. More

Rubens's 'Massacre of the Innocents' in the Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario

The recent rediscovery of Rubens’s Massacre of the Innocents offers an important opportunity to reassess the painter’s early career. Of Rubens’s works immediately following his return to Antwerp in 1608, it is the most assured, achieving a remarkable complexity both compositionally and emotionally. More

The Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario BOX SET

To celebrate the recent opening of the Thomson Collection galleries at the transformed Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto – redesigned by Canadian architect Frank Gehry – five new books recording Ken Thomson’s historic donation of 2,000 superb works of art are being published by Skylet in association with the AGO. More

Celebrating Britain: Canaletto, Hogarth and Patriotism

Canaletto’s time in mid-Georgian Britain has received much scholarly attention in the past. But this book places his work in a broader political and social context, linking his fascinating paintings and drawings with the growing sense of assurance and mission which the British nation was then beginning to display. More

Creating the Countryside: The Rural Idyll Past and Present

The rural idyll is a powerful force in the British national imagination. This highly original and vibrant study will examine how key moments in art history have shaped the concept of the idyll and how contemporary artists continue to access and often challenge this concept. More

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