The art of Pemberley –

A Picnic at Pemberley 2017 

Each year in September the Abbey Museum holds a boutique event celebrating the uniqueness of the Regency Era.  And this year, guests to ‘A Picnic at Pemberley’ will have a very rare opportunity to view some of the Art of Pemberley – paintings from the Abbey Museum collection – which will be on display for one day only!

The purpose of the Picnic at Pemberley is to raise funds to build an Art Gallery so that the wonderful artwork and paintings that form part of the Abbey Museum’s collection can be displayed for everyone to enjoy. The Abbey Museum’s Mission statement includes ‘changing people’s lives for the better, through the stories created from our collection‘. This exquisite event ‘A Picnic at Pemberley’  is one such story, and  immerses guests into the world of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

You may not have known that the Abbey Museum has a number of stunning artworks including water colours from the Royal Academy, precious Icons and even Old Masters  paintings. One of these very special paintings was on display last year in the Caboolture Art Gallery’s ‘Love- More than a Four Letter Word’  exhibition,  the 17th century copy of the famous Bridgewater Madonna, by Raphael. Only a few exist and are all in overseas galleries; the original was owned by the Duke of Bridgewater. The Madonna and Child was a favourite subject of Raphael’s, and the influence of Michelangelo can be seen in the twisting contrapostto figuration.

In addition, there are several other important works by significant artists in the Abbey Museum collections. These include works in tempera and oils and are attributed to artists such as Tintoretto, School of Sassetta, Prud’hon  and Sassoferato, acquired in England (ca.1928-34) and all formed part of the Abbey Folk Park, Britain’s first social history museum.

Your opportunity to view the art of Pemberley

This year’s Picnic of Pemberley will be your unique opportunity to view these exquisite works which form part of the Abbey Museum’s collections, for just one day!

The Abbey Museum is currently seeking to raise $500,000 to build a gallery to display the Old Masters collection and a number of the other priceless items, so join us on this special occasion, commemorating the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death.

Help us raise the funds to build our Art Gallery, by attending this year’s Picnic at Pemberley.

Don’t miss out! Book your tickets here and we look forward to seeing you on September 2nd!  And don’t forget to come in costume!