Cecil Aldin: The Art of Black Beauty

From Tuesday 25th July 2017 to Saturday 25th November 2017

This summer the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell is marking the 140th anniversary of the publication of Black Beauty with an exhibition of beautiful Cecil Aldin watercolours. The book, by local author Anna Sewell was first published by Jarrold & Sons in 1877.

The museum of also open for free for the first two weeks of the exhibition courtesy of another anniversary – 700 years of Norwich Freemen.

Jarrolds independent department store is also joining in the celebrations for Black Beauty and the fact that Jarrold & Sons first published the book. See full details here.

Cecil Aldin was commissioned by Jarrold in 1912 to produce a series of 18 water colours to illustrate a new edition. For these he was paid £189, which was probably quite a high fee for that time.

The water colours lay undiscovered for many years until the Jarrold family found them carefully stored in a box in 1982. They were then framed and exhibited but can only be displayed for a short while as they need to be protected to preserve the vibrant colours. Thirteen of these works will be on display at the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell.

The Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4.30pm.

Tickets to the Museum are; Adults: £5.70, Concessions: £5.40, Children: £4.55, Families of one adult plus children: £14.55 Families of two adults plus children: £19.40, Twilight admission (one hour before closing): £1. Entry is free to Norfolk Museums Pass Holders, Friends of Norwich Museums, and Carers with a disabled visitor and Under 4s.

Free entry to the museum for the first two weeks of the exhibition courtesy of the 700th commemoration of the Norwich Freemen.

Also see 140th Anniversary Black Beauty at Jarrolds and BOOK A BLACK BEAUTY THEMED STAY IN NORWICH FROM £155 .


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The Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell, Bridewell Alley, Norwich, NR2 1AQ

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