Treasures of British Art

Mar 27, 2016–Apr 23, 2017
Sir Thomas Lawrence, PRA, Portrait of a Lady, ca. early 1790s. Oil on paper mounted on canvas

Sir Thomas Lawrence, PRA, Portrait of a Lady, ca. early 1790s. Oil on paper mounted on canvas; 30 x 25 in. (76 x 63.5 cm). The Berger Collection.

George Stubbs, A Saddled Bay Hunter, 1786. Oil on panel; 22-3/4 x 19 in. (57.79 x 48.26 cm). The Berger Collection.

Thomas Gainsborough, A Coastal Landscape, 1782-84. Oil on canvas.

Thomas Gainsborough, A Coastal Landscape, 1782-84. Oil on canvas; 25 x 30 in. (63.5 x 76.2 cm). The Berger Collection.

Sir Claude Francis Barry (1883-1970), Victory Celebrations, 1919. Oil on canvas.

Sir Claude Francis Barry, Victory Celebrations, 1919. Oil on canvas; 62 x 66-1/2 in. (157.48 x 168.91 cm). The Berger Collection. Reproduced by kind permission of Amyl Holdings SA, owners of the worldwide copyright to the works of Sir Claude Francis Barry, Bart. 1883–1970.

John Singer Sargent, Rosina Ferrara, Head of a Capri Girl, 1878. Oil on cardboard.

John Singer Sargent, Rosina Ferrara, Head of a Capri Girl, 1878. Oil on cardboard; 12-7/8 x 9-7/8 in. The Berger Collection.

Adam Birtwistle, David Hockney, RA, 2002. Tempera and gouache on linen paper.

Adam Birtwistle, David Hockney, RA, 2002. Tempera and gouache on linen paper, 43-1/2 x 45-1/2 in. The Berger Collection. © Adam Birtwistle ℅ Robert Travers Works of Art Ltd, Piano Nobile, London.

Bernadette Johnson Berger and William M. B. Berger, founders of the Berger Collection.

Bernadette Johnson Berger and William M. B. Berger, founders of The Berger Collection, with painting Edward, Prince of Wales (later Edward VI) by Hans Holbein the Younger and Studio (painting not on view in the exhibition).

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Closed: March 27, 2016–Apr 23, 2017
North Building - Level 6

Treasures of British Art presents a selection of paintings from the acclaimed traveling exhibition, providing a panoramic view of British cultural history seen through its art. Featured are examples by the pre-eminent artists of the British School: Anthony van Dyck, Benjamin West, Angelica Kauffman, Thomas Gainsborough, Thomas Lawrence, George Stubbs, John Singer Sargent, and Adam Birtwistle.

A companion catalog, Treasures of British Art 1400–2000: The Berger Collection, is on sale in The Shop and online.

The exhibition began its tour at the Portland Museum of Art in Maine in fall 2014, then traveled to the Dixon Gallery & Gardens in Memphis, Tennessee, and the Brigham Young University Museum of Art in Provo, Utah.

ABOUT THE COLLECTION

William M. B. Berger and his wife Bernadette Johnson Berger, founders of the collection that bears their name, began acquiring works of art by British artists in the mid-1990s. In a few short years they had assembled a collection of several hundred objects that spanned six centuries, from the late Middle Ages to the twentieth century. They were passionate about art’s potential to educate, and saw the collection as a resource for adults and children alike. Since 1998, most of The Berger Collection has been on longterm loan to the DAM, where a selection of works is on rotating view in a gallery dedicated to the collection on level 6 of the North Building.

Treasures of British Art is generously supported by the Berger Collection Educational Trust.