The Clark’s Outstanding Collection of English Silver Shines at Lunchtime Talk on October 11

For Immediate Release

September 18, 2007

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute's collection of English silver will be the subject of the next Looking at Lunchtime Talk on Thursday, October 11 at 12:30 pm. The Clark’s curator of decorative arts Kathleen Morris will lead this talk, inspired by the recent gift of British art from the Manton Foundation. This half hour gallery talk is free with admission.

From the boudoir to the sideboard, silver played an important role in social customs and personal identification in 18th century England. Learn more about this fascinating topic: why silver was such a prized material, who made it and how, who bought it, and the role it played in the household as well as greater society.

Gainsborough, Constable, and Turner: The Manton Collection offers highlights from the recent gift of this magnificent collection from the Manton Foundation. The Manton Collection, one of the greatest collections of British art assembled in the past fifty years, includes John Constable’s contemplative views of the English countryside and strikingly naturalistic oil studies; J.M.W. Turner’s turbulent, quasi-abstract seascapes; Thomas Gainsborough’s rigorous chalk drawings; and Thomas Rowlandson’s humorous watercolors caricaturing British life. With over 200 works of art, the Manton Collection also features works by Thomas Girtin, Richard Parkes Bonington, Samuel Palmer, John Martin, and William Blake.

The Looking at Lunchtime gallery talk series continues on Thursday, November 8 with Danielle Steinmann, the Clark’s associate curator of education, discussing The Honorable Caroline Upton by Sir Thomas Lawrence. The talks take place at 12:30 pm on the second Thursday of every month. Attendees may purchase food from the courtyard café or bring a bag lunch to enjoy before or after the gallery talk.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (open daily in July and August). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit


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