Curatorial Tour and Drinks Reception: Georgiana Houghton: Spirit Drawings
Wednesday 15 June 2016
PLEASE NOTE: This Date Has Passed
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN
Georgiana Houghton (1814 -1884) was a Spiritualist medium who, in the 1860s and 70s, produced an astonishing series of largely abstract watercolours. Detailed explanations on the back of the works declare that her hand was guided by various spirits, including several Renaissance artists, as well as higher angelic beings. In 1871 Houghton rented a gallery in Bond Street and presented 155 of these works to a London audience. With their bold colours, fluid forms and dense rich patterns these confident and mesmerising watercolours appear to anticipate automatic drawing and the abstraction of early 20th century art. The majority of Houghton’s work survives in the Spiritualist Union in Melbourne, Australia and is little known beyond a circle of specialists. Join Dr Barnaby Wright, Daniel Katz Curator of 20th Century Art, as he leads a tour of these beguiling works.