Fitzwilliam Museum exhibition curated by Associate of Clare Hall

Plants have been used in the beauty and fragrance industry for thousands of years. They take centre stage in a new exhibition from the Fitzwilliam Museum, curated by new Associate of Clare Hall, Hettie Ward, who is Assistant Keeper in the Paintings, Drawings and Prints department.

Titled Scent From Nature: Beauty’s Botanical Origins, the exhibition will feature watercolours from the Fitzwilliam’s exceptional botanical collection. Works on display will include those by Nicolas Robert (1614–85), Georg Dionysius Ehret (1708–70), Joseph von Plenck (1735–1807), Pierre-Joseph Redout√© (1759–1840) and Henriette Knip (1783–1842). They will be shared alongside a range of perfume vessels from ancient Egypt and Greece, as well as scent bottles from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Hettie Ward specialises in 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings. She has curated the exhibitions Making Waves: Discovering seascapes through drawings and watercolours and Brueghel and his time: Landscape drawings from the Bruce Ingram bequest. Before joining the Fitzwilliam in September 2015, Hettie was Curatorial Fellow at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London and Curatorial Trainee supported by the Art Fund at the National Gallery, London during which time she also worked at Manchester Art Gallery to research and redisplay their Dutch and Flemish collection. She received her History of Art BA (Hons) from the University of Nottingham and her History of Art MA from the University of Bristol.

Learn more about the exhibition - which runs from 18th May to 29th August 2021 - on the Fitzwilliam Museum’s website, and look out for further details on the Museum’s social media.

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Image: Joseph von Plenck (1738-1807): Rosa campestris alba and Rosa canina. Pen and ink with watercolour, gum Arabic and white body colour, over graphite on laid paper; PD.98-1973.14.


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