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Exploring Tate Britain’s Victorian Exhibitions: ‘Sculpture Victorious’ and ‘Salt and Silver’

2015 April 21
by lucinda matthews-jones

Exploring Tate Britain’s Victorian Exhibitions: ‘Sculpture Victorious’ and ‘Salt and Silver’

Sculpture Victorious: 25 Feb – 25 May 2015

Tate Britain is offering 2 for 1 tickets to its sublime new exhibition Sculpture Victorious: The Beauty and Power of Victorian Sculptureto the Journal of Victorian Culture readers.  To book tickets for this offer enter code: ‘SVVC241’ online at TATE.ORG.UK. The offer is available from Monday 20th April until Monday 11 May.

Powerful, beautiful and inventive, the Victorian era was a golden age for sculpture. Tate Britain’s exhibition Sculpture Victorious celebrates some of the most astonishing and lavish works produced in this groundbreaking period.

Exploring the original techniques and materials developed during this time, the exhibition brings to light the ingenuity and creativity of the Victorian age. In a period of unparalleled innovation across industries, Victorian sculpture profited from ground-breaking new materials and methods that created a thrilling and cutting edge environment for Victorian sculptors.

Thomas Longmore and John Hénk, Elephant 1889, © Thomas Goode & Co. Ltd., London

The exhibition includes many extraordinary objects, from magnificent marble, limewood and ceramic sculpture shown at the Great Exhibitions, to exquisite jewellery and silverwork, and ornate carving of beauty and wonder such as Monti’s Veiled Vestal. Works from the exhibition touch on all aspects of Victorian life, exploring domestic politics, the reach of the empire, and the impact of the scientific and industrial age.

Revered works such as Frederic Leighton’s An Athlete Wrestling with a Python, and Hiram Powers’s The Greek Slave are to be enjoyed alongside lesser-known artists such as Mary Watts and William Reynolds-Stephens. As well as offering an opportunity to explore some of the Victorian eras most cherished and groundbreaking works, Sculpture Victorious provides an in-depth exploration of the artistic and historical developments of one of Britain’s most prolific eras and is a feast for the eyes.

More information can be found, here.

Terms & Conditions: Offer available online and by phone, valid to book between Monday 6 April (from 9.45 am) – Monday 11 May (closes at 6.00pm) 2015. Enter code: SVVC241 when booking online or call 020 7887 8998 and quote ‘ SVVC241’. This offer is available on full price tickets to Sculpture Victorious at Tate Britain. Tickets usually £10.90 (£12.00 with gift aid donation).These offers cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounts or promotions. No cash alternatives. Subject to availability. The promoter reserves the right to cancel offers at any time. Ticket offer cannot be used for group bookings.

Salt and Silver: 25 Feb – 7 June 2015

Tate Britain is offering 2 for 1 tickets to its new exhibition Salt and Silver: Early Photography 184-1860 to the Journal of Victorian Culture readers. To book tickets for this offer enter code: ‘SSVC241’ online. The offer is available from Monday 20th April until Monday 11 May. 

This is the first exhibition in Britain devoted to salted paper prints, one of the earliest forms of photography. A uniquely British invention, unveiled by William Henry Fox Talbot in 1839, salt prints spread across the globe, creating a new visual language of the modern moment.

William Henry Fox Talbot, Study of China, 1844, © Wilson Centre for Photography

This revolutionary technique transformed subjects from still lifes, portraits, landscapes and scenes of daily life into images with their own specific aesthetic: a soft, luxurious effect particular to this photographic process.

The few salt prints that survive are seldom seen due to their fragility, and so this exhibition, a collaboration with the Wilson Centre for Photography, is a singular opportunity to see the rarest and best early photographs of this type in the world.

More information can be found, here.

Terms & Conditions: Offer available online and by phone, valid to book between Monday 6 April (from 9.45 am) – Monday 11 May (closes at 6.00pm) 2015.  Enter code: SSVC241 when booking online or call 020 7887 8998 and quote ‘ SSVC241’. This offer is available on full price tickets to Salt and Silver at Tate Britain. Tickets usually £10.90 (£12.00 with gift aid donation)These offers cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounts or promotions. No cash alternatives. Subject to availability. The promoter reserves the right to cancel offers at any time. Ticket offer cannot be used for group bookings.

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