19th century

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From the pyramids to Venice: splendid survey of British painters traces the rise of the professional artist-tourist

Beautifully produced book of works by those who travelled abroad in around 1900 offers readers more than the standard views

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Much more to know than Van Gogh: finally a book in English that surveys 19th-century Dutch art

Volume unveils many overlooked artists and highlights the international reach of painters from the Netherlands

'Think first of the walls!' With its tantalising William Morris creations, Emery Walker's House in London reopens

Home boasts the largest collection of the designer's hand-printed wallpapers as well as a wealth of Arts and Crafts treasures

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New Orientalists: a thoughtful book on the rise and decline of Western artists in the Middle East

There is plenty to enjoy in this account of a group of travelling painters who were not only accomplished but also determined, brave and hardy

Degas’ love of the Paris opera house is brought to the fore in this catalogue

The artist used a variety of devices to explore the interior of the Opéra Garnier throughout his career

Brighton Pavilion gets its glitter back as fanciful treasures return on long-term loan from the Queen

More of the startling objects collected by George IV will return from Buckingham Palace in early 2020

A missing chapter in the history of the decorative arts: the Restoration and July Monarchy

Louvre-organised show at the Grand Palais of neglected period of production

Children’s portraits without shadows: new book on painting childhood

No Chucky or Lord of the Flies in portraits by British and British-based artists

Boilly, prolific portraitist and genre painter

Almost unknown in Britain, his work was secretly amassed by Harry Hyams, the billionaire property developer

A collection of Romantic 19th-century German illustrations

Book looks at narrative cycles by Edward von Steinle and Leopold Bode

Warship figureheads restored ahead of opening for new Plymouth arts complex

Royal Navy statues are being made shipshape and ready for installation at The Box, opening in 2020

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A monumental study of the heyday of Historicist painting

This comprehensive volume looks at a genre popular in 19th-century Europe but long scorned in the art world

A bigger splash: France's expanded La Piscine museum reopens after makeover

Former Art Deco swimming pool in Roubaix dives into Modern French sculpture

Courbet's model for the Origin of the World discovered

It is now “99% certain” that dancer Constance Quéniaux is depicted in the infamous nude

Looted ‘cannibal’ bowl served up in Royal Academy of Art’s Oceania show

Artefact is one of around 200 on show in largest exhibition on the region in almost 40 years

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How to force historians to use their eyes: book urges academics to 'take art more seriously'

Princeton University's Theodore K. Rabb says more visual materials—not only written records—should be explored

Louvre’s Delacroix exhibition uncovers France’s superstar of the Romantic era

His boundless inventiveness as a painter—and not only—shines through in this ambitious survey

How Delacroix went from lycée dropout to establishment favourite

Exhibition at the Musée du Louvre is first major survey of the painter’s work in more than 50 years

Rijksmuseum explores how botany helped give birth to photography

The New Realities of 19th-century photography shows key developments in scientific and artistic endeavour

Why Courbet's The Origin of the World is so popular—and it's not what you think

Our most-read story of 2016 was about Facebook's legal battle over the French master's work. Here's why it still causes a stir, 100 years on

London version of Manet’s Le déjeuner sur l’herbe predates the bigger picture in Paris

Research supports theory that Courtauld’s painting is preparatory sketch for version in the Musée d'Orsay

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Frivolity, hedonism, sensuality and sex—OK!

The 19th-century revision of received perceptions of French Rococo art

Turner’s final flourish: Tate show traces his highly productive late period

150 works produced from 1835 until his death in 1851 will dispel oversimplifications of this later works

Collectorsarchive

The forgotten collectors: Five significant 19th-century collectors

The contributions of tobacco heiresses and banking magnates explored

The big hole in Britain’s National Gallery: Bring back the Victorians

The omission of paintings by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood could be rectified by judicious loans

New Met exhibition explores pre-digital manipulation of photography

Photographers began manipulating their work long before the digital era

Books: The end of Dante Gabriel Rossetti

The complete correspondence of the pre-Raphaelite painter and poet has reached the last of its nine volumes

Queen Victoria & Albert: Art and Love

An exhibition catalogue continues the trend of challenging the dour image of Victoria

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Books: What does Pre-Raphaelite mean?

This collection of essays questions how we understand the terms Pre-Raphaelite, Pre-Raphaelitism and the Pre-Raphaelite Movement

Books: Impressionist women and Impressionists’ women

New works on a quartet of women painters and the wives and models of three of the men

Former fugitive opens decorative arts gallery

Roberto Polo, once the toast of Paris, returns in style

From flea market to Manhattan penthouse: the revival of Christopher Dresser

Gilbert and George and Mickey Wolfson are among the enthusiastic collectors

New exhibition 'The pre-Raphaelite dream' rocks the Art Gallery of Western Australia

The paintings and drawings on show in Perth are on loan from the Tate collection

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A story of politics and class in a new biography of Henry Cole

An exhaustive treatment of the man behind the Great Exhibition, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Prince Albert and much, much more

National Trust buys William Morris’s house

Red House, Bexleyheath, to be preserved for the nation

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Book review: 'For the King’s pleasure' is a meteorite of a book

This account of George IV’s decorations and furnishings is a landmark in the history of writing about the decorative arts

Jewelleryarchive

Books: Henri Vever's Bible of French jewellery studies

The Vasari of his field, Vever was himself a jeweller—though like Vasari he is better known for his writing

The Hereford Screen, the V&A’s greatest hidden treasure, to be revealed this month

Gilbert Scott’s massive Gothic Revival screen has been restored for £750,000 and goes on public view for the first time in over three decades

Queen Victoria’s Centenary at the Victoria and Albert Museum: Conspicuous by her absence

A weak exhibition that attempts to survey the Victorian legacy is partially redeemed by the accompanying book

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William R. Johnston, William and Henry Walters, the reticent collectors

A compelling biography of the father and son who founded the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore

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A London Victorian watercolour collector sells up. “With contemporary art you know there will be another work around the corner”

An American financial market strategist has put together a major collection of nineteenth-century British watercolours.

Current exhibitions and publications on Turner: No stone left unturned

As the exhibition on Ruskin’s championship of Turner opens at the Tate, this crop of catalogues returns a timely harvest of Turner scholarship

Unity of the arts: “Art nouveau” at the V&A and “1900” at the Grand Palais.

Artists and designers 100 years ago were united in their embrace of modernity

Decisive moments: the history of photography at the V&A

How photographers from 1845 to the present have reflected time

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The Victoria and Albert Museum: the great Kensington Kunstkammer

The museum and the Great Exhibition from which it derives are the subject of five new books

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The lives of the collectors: J. Pierpont Morgan. Everything but the art

This blockbuster biography records the life of the American financier in exhaustive and exhausting detail, but fails to tell the story of his collecting

“Private dreams and unknowable pleasures” in early photography

Clementina, Lady Hawarden, a forgotten precursor of Julia Margaret Cameron, is the subject of this book and of the Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition

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Lives of collectors: a faux Frick biography

This biography of Henry Clay Frick takes a psychological approach that leaves much to be desired

Art marketarchive

A river runs through it: Hanging around in New York, a monthly guide by Brook S. Mason.

Impressionist painters on the Seine at Wildenstein, the Gilded Age glows at Vance Jordan, exoticism at Mark Murray plus fine furniture and Picasso’s lino cuts

A campaign is underway to raise funds for the conservation of Sir George Gilbert Scott’s metalwork masterpiece, the Hereford Screen

Since its removal from Hereford Cathedral over three decades ago, it has languished in store, slowly deteriorating.

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Timothy Mowl's William Beckford biography casts the famed collector as "a sexual and architectural Lucifer"

The story of the Regency dilettante, eccentric and collector is told in all its scandalous detail

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Janet Myles, L.N. Cottingham, 1787-1874: architect of the Gothic Revival

Restoring a pioneer of the Gothic Revival to his rightful position