William Gear


22 September – 20 December 2020 (was 6 March - 28 June)
Hunterian Art Gallery
Admission free

This exhibition celebrates twenty years of collecting and research at The Hunterian and offers a very special opportunity to see an outstanding selection of art works acquired by, or gifted to, The Hunterian over the past two decades.

Victoria BurgeA Curator’s Choice also celebrates the career of recently retired Hunterian curator Dr Peter Black, who has been responsible for the care and development of The Hunterian Art collection, including Dutch, Flemish and Italian Art and Sculpture, since 1998.

The exhibition showcases a selection of highlights covering different periods and artistic styles, many of which have seldom been on display.

Featuring works by major artists, past and present, including Peter Paul Rubens, Alison Watt, Philip Reeves, Victoria Burge, Lucian Freud, James Gillray, Max Beckmann, Cecil Collins, William Gear and Stanley Hayter. A Curator’s Choice presents the best and most representative works acquired by Dr Peter Black over the course of his career at The Hunterian.

Must see items include the rarely displayed Head of a Bearded Man in Profile to the Right by Peter Paul Rubens; After Chardin by Lucian Freud; Hudibras Triumphant, a painting attributed to William Hogarth by Dr Peter Black; Sea Swell by Philip Reeves; Study of a Young Woman’s Head by Alison Watt and the engraving Amphion and Zethus Tying Dirce to a Wild Bull by Diana Ghisi, one of the earliest known women printmakers.

Images: William Gear, Paysage Mysterieux, 1947-1948. Victoria Burge, The Night was a Scaffold, 2014.