Journeys between Art & Life Richard Glynn Vivian (1835-1910)

15 Oct 2016 – 15 Oct 2017

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Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm

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Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

Swansea, United Kingdom


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Glynn Vivian exhibition


From 15 October 2016

Rooms 4 - 7

Richard Glynn Vivian was the original founder of our Gallery in Swansea. Born at Singleton Abbey, Glynn was the fourth son of the wealthy Vivian family, owners of the most successful copper smelting plant in the world in the 19th century.

Glynn left his entire art collection for ‘the enjoyment of the people of Swansea’ in 1908, and the Gallery opened in 1911, a year after his death.

Glynn Vivian collected throughout his life, travelling extensively around the world by steamboat and by train, acquiring objects and art works from every country that he visited. Journeys between Art & Life presents his collection and celebrates his life for the first time in over 100 years. 

The exhibition includes JMW Turner’s Snow Storm - Steam-Boat off a Harbour's Mouth, exhibited 1842, (1775-1851) generously on loan from Tate.

The Richard Glynn Vivian displays are accompanied by a new digital multimedia guide.

Download for free, available on itunes and Google play

The project is generously supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

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