Works from Exeter City Council’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) fine art collection are now on display in the new exhibition Exeter Fine Art Collection: Funded by Acknowledgments. The exhibition explores how some of the most important and recognizable works of art in the RAMM collection were acquired through the generosity of donors and funding bodies.
Shining a light on the often overlooked subject of museum funding, Funded with Thanks showcases the quality and diversity of Exeter’s fine art collection, thanks in large part to the generosity and foresight of these supporters, past and present.
RAMM has been collecting fine art since its founding in the 1860s. The art collection is rich and varied, comprising over 7,000 paintings, prints, drawings, watercolours, miniatures and sculptures dating from the 1400s to the present day. This exhibition presents a selection of works of art acquired through trusts, foundations and legacies, as well as the generosity of private donors.
Some of RAMM’s most important and beloved works are on display, including JMW Turner’s ‘Buckfastleigh Abbey’ and William Powell Frith’s ‘The Fair Toxophilites’. The exhibition brings together a diverse selection of artistic styles and subjects, including paintings, drawings and miniatures dating from the 18th to 21st centuries. Visitors can follow the changing tastes and priorities of the museum’s collectors and benefactors.
RAMM Assistant Curator Eleanor Hutchison said, “Many of RAMM’s most important and famous works of art are only here thanks to the generous support of donors and funding bodies. This support has enabled us to acquire, preserve and exhibit these works. This exhibition aims to celebrate this great collection while highlighting the vital importance of these gifts.
“We hope this exhibition also demonstrates the wonderful variety of work that has been acquired for RAMM’s Fine Art Collection over the years, from delicate watercolors of Victorian Exeter to dramatic scenes from classical mythology, as well as vivid depictions landscapes of Devonshire, to name but a few.”
Many of the works on display have been preserved thanks to the generous support of Arts Council England, the Friends of RAMM, as well as individual donors and corporate sponsors.