Exhibition – Georgiana Houghton: Spirit Drawings, The Courtauld Gallery, 16 June – 11 September 2016

The Victorianist: BAVS Postgraduates

Courtauld Gallery

Summer Showcase

Georgiana Houghton: Spirit Drawings

The Courtauld Gallery, 16 June – 11 September 2016

Georgiana Houghton, The Eye of God, c.1862, watercolour, Victorian Spiritualists’ Union, Melbourne, Australia Georgiana Houghton, The Eye of God, c.1862, watercolour, Victorian Spiritualists’ Union, Melbourne, Australia

  • Georgiana Houghton’s remarkable Victorian abstract ‘spirit drawings’ are being exhibited in the United Kingdom for the first time since they were first shown in London in 1871.
  • Houghton was a Victorian spiritualist and medium who pioneered the use of drawing as part of her process of communicating with the spirit realm.
  • Largely unknown for nearly 150 years, these works are an astonishing product of Victorian culture and a fascinating precursor of twentieth-century abstract art.
  • The exhibition runs from 16 June to 11 September 2016 at The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN
  • The breakfast press preview is on Wednesday 15 June, 9am – 11am. Details below.

This exhibition explores an astonishing series of largely abstract Victorian watercolours. They were…

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