Corporation of Manchester Art Gallery, Royal Institution, First Autumn Exhibition, 1883
End Date: 1883
Type: Annual exhibition
Policy: 'It seems desirable, at the Opening of the First Annual Exhibition of Works of Modern Art, under the auspices of the Manchester Corporation, to explain the circumstances under which the Exhibition is held. For more than sixty years the Royal Manchester Institution carried on its work as a voluntary association of persons interested in Art, Literature and Science; and during its existence it doubtless contributed largely to foster the taste for Art in the district. Amongst the contributors in the early days of the Institution were most of the prominent artists of the last generation, the names of J. M. W. Turner, W. Muller and David Cox being conspicuous amongst the number. It was felt, however, that the Galleries and the Works of Art obtained by gift and purchase might be put to better use by being placed directly under the control of the Corporation; and by an Act of Parliament, which received the Royal Assent in 1882, effect was given to an agreement between the Governors of the Royal Manchester Institution and the Corporation of Manchester, by which the buildings and art property of the Royal Manchester Institution were transferred to the Corporation, and the management of the whole was placed under the Art Gallery Committee - a body consisting of twenty-one members, of whom fourteen are selected by the Corporation and seven are nominated by the Governors of the Royal Manchester Institution. The special Act provides for the perpetuation of the personal privileges of the Governors, and for the annual expenditure of not less than Â£2,000 by the Corporation, together with all profits which may be derived from exhibitions, in the purchase of Works of Art. Amongst the first results of the change are the structural alterations of the Galleries, which have been remodelled under the direction of Mr. Allison, the City Surveyor; and the improvements in the lighting by day and night. The Art Gallery Committee venture to think that they have succeeded, by the cordial assistance of Artists, in gathering together a very representative collection of the Art of the present time, which includes much new work, together with choice examples from the Royal Academy, the Grosvenor Gallery and the exhibition of the Royal Society, and the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours. There are also some characteristic specimens of Continental Art' (Catalogue, 1883).
Display Arrangement: Sculpture was shown in the South Corridor.
Exhibition included Prayer
Exhibition included Echo
Exhibition included William Langton, Esq.
Exhibition included Clytie
Exhibition included Medusa
Exhibition included The Dancing Lesson
Exhibition included Bust of the Rt. Hon. W. E. Gladstone
Exhibition included Edward Ross, Esq.
Exhibition included Flowers
Exhibition included The Late Sir Hugh Owen
Exhibition included Decorated
Exhibition included J. K. Cross, Esq., MP
Exhibition included Flowers
Exhibition included Miss Mary Davies
Exhibition included Brother
Exhibition included Sissy
Exhibition included The Weary Child - Bed Time
lent by Ellis Lever, Esq.
Exhibition included Christ Blessing Children
Exhibition included The Good Shepherd
Exhibition included The Leisure Hour
Exhibition included The First Repast
Exhibition included A Model Portrait, Bust of the Late Lord Frederick Cavendish
Lent by Chevalier Robert Froelich, Italian Consul in Manchester
Exhibition included Ada
Exhibition included Catch Ball
Offered for sale Prayer
Offered for sale Echo
Offered for sale Clytie
Available for sale by commission in marble for Â£500
Offered for sale Medusa
Offered for sale The Dancing Lesson
Offered for sale Bust of the Rt. Hon. W. E. Gladstone
Offered for sale Flowers
Offered for sale Decorated
Offered for sale Flowers
Offered for sale Brother
Offered for sale Sissy
Offered for sale Christ Blessing Children
Offered for sale The Good Shepherd
Offered for sale The Leisure Hour
Offered for sale The First Repast
Offered for sale Ada
Offered for sale Catch Ball
Organizing Institution or Venue
Organized by Manchester City Art Gallery
Exhibitors included Thomas Woolner
'Bust of the Rt. Hon. W. E. Gladstone'
Exhibitors included Katherine Anne Fraser-Tytler
'The Dancing Lesson'
Exhibitors included (Mary) Evelyn Pickering de Morgan
Exhibitors included George Holding II
Exhibitors included Edward Francis Toone (Frank) Theed
Exhibitors included John Royle Whittick
Exhibitors included Louise Walthew
Exhibitors included Antonio Argenti
Exhibitors included James Milo Ap Griffith
'The First Repast'
Exhibitors included G. Fiaschi
'A Model Portrait, Bust of the Late Lord Frederick Cavendish'
Exhibitors included John Adrian Raemaekers
Exhibitors included William Mynorydd Davis
Exhibitors included Edgar George Papworth Jnr
'J. K. Cross, Esq., MP'
Exhibitors included L. Henrietta Brown
Citing this record
'Corporation of Manchester Art Gallery, Royal Institution, First Autumn Exhibition, 1883', Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011 [https://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/event.php?id=msib5_1220888774, accessed 23 Feb 2024]