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“King Brutus” from Roll Chronicle (detail), showing descent of Henry VI (1422–71) from Adam and Eve, mid-15th
century, with additions of ca. 1665, illumination with colored inks and tints on vellum rolls, By Permission of the Society of Antiquaries of London
Thursday, February 2 –  Sunday, May 27, 2012

“Making History: Antiquaries in Britain”

Location is wheelchair accessible
The Yale Center for British Art holds the largest and most comprehensive collection of British art outside the United Kingdom, presenting the development of British art and culture from the Elizabethan period to the present day. Together with the Reference Library, the Center’s collections of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, rare books, and manuscripts provide an exceptional resource for understanding the story of British art. On February 2, 2012, the Center will open “Making History: Antiquaries in Britain”. This exhibition celebrates the achievement of the Society of Antiquaries of London, the oldest independent learned society concerned with the study of the past. The exhibition explores the Society’s contribution to our understanding of Britain’s history. It focuses on the discovery, recording, preservation, and interpretation of Britain’s past through its material remains, investigating beliefs current before the Society was founded, and reveals how new discoveries, technologies, and interpretations have transformed our understanding of the history of Britain since the eighteenth century. A portion of this exhibition will complement Shakespeare at Yale by featuring portraits of rulers such as Henry VI, Richard III, Elizabeth I, and Henry V. Other objects will include a cross found at the Battle of Bosworth, where Richard III was killed, a soldier’s spur from the Battle of Towton, fought during the English War of the Roses, and fragments from rare books of “Richard III” and “The Whole Contention between Two Famous Houses”, from “Henry VI, Part III”.

Part of Shakespeare at Yale, a semester of special events celebrating the Bard.


Tuesday to Saturday
10 am to 5 pm
Noon to 5 pm

Closed Mondays

Open to: General public
Admission: Free
Sponsor: Yale Center for British Art
Contact Information: Yale Center for British Art, 203-432-2800

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