Saving treasures – Felix Joseph’s gifts to Nottingham

Felix Joseph (1840-1892), 1891, by Charles Knighton Warren, NCM 1891-185

Saving treasures – Felix Joseph’s gifts to Nottingham
20 May – 10 September
F Gallery

Art collector Felix Joseph was one of the first individuals to give generously to Nottingham’s museum and art gallery at the Castle when it first opened in 1878. Although he was from a Jewish art dealer family based in London and had no links to Nottingham, he heard about the new art gallery that was being set up and wanted to firstly loan and then donate his substantial collection of Wedgwood pottery and eighteen-century drawings and prints.

In honour of his generosity the Castle Museum Committee commissioned a portrait of him by Charles Knighton Warren, and this portrait will be moved from its usual place in the Long Gallery and will form part of this in focus exhibition which highlights some of the many works on paper and Wedgwood that Felix Joseph donated. Eighteen century artists Samuel Wale, Paul Sandby, Angelica Kauffman, Henry Fuseli, Thomas Stothard and John Flaxman are all represented in this small exhibition.

‘Samuel Wale’s drawings at Nottingham Castle Museum:
Designing Illustrations for Every Taste’

A FREE talk with Dr Isabelle Baudino
Saturday 15 July, 11am, F Gallery
Normal entry admission to the Castle applies
Booking not required

Join us on Saturday 15 July for a talk about Samuel Wale, one of the eighteenth-century artists in our Collection, and a founder of the Royal Academy. His drawings for book illustrations feature in our current exhibition, Saving Treasures, Felix Joseph’s Gifts to Nottingham.

Dr Isabelle Baudino has been researching the significant contribution that Samuel Wale made to book illustrations in the eighteenth century and will be talking about Wale’s important original drawings in Nottingham’s Collection.

Please contact us at colette.griffin@nottinghamcity.gov.uk or 01158761433 if you have any queries.

Image Credit: Samuel Wale, Interior with figures; a surgeon bleeding a man, pen and ink wash.