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Previous Exhibitions

VOYAGES: a journey in books

An innovative exhibition exploring historical travels through documentary and other evidence, and reflecting on travel as a literary theme and an act of the mind and imagination, as well as the body.  The exhibition draws on Eton College Library’s holdings of manuscripts, printed books and literary archives alongside materials from the wider College Collections.

Monday to Friday, 9.30-1pm and 2-5pm   Admission free (by appointment only)  
24 November 2017 – 8 June 2018

Creative Destruction: volcanoes inspiring art and science
Verey Gallery

22 September 2017 – 6 April 2018

Curated by Emma Stibbon RA, Professor Steve Sparks FRS CBE and Professor Katharine Cashman FRS.

A series of artworks by Emma Stibbon RA are shown alongside spectacular volcanic rock and mineral samples on loan from the Natural History Museum, London, a rare copy of William Hamilton’s Campi Phlegraei (1776) held by Eton College and volcanic research by Professor Stephen Sparks FRS and Professor Katharine Cashman FRS, including films of volcanic eruptions and their impact designed to raise awareness in communities who live around volcanoes.

Pāhoehoe with Sign, 2016
Ink on paper with volcanic ash
126 x 182.5cm

With specialism and a separation between disciplines, art and science are often understood as distinct endeavours,
sitting at opposite ends of the intellectual spectrum. The artist concerned with the imagination, and the scientist
with fact.  This exhibition reflects an increasing interest in exploring conversation and opportunities for collaboration between
disciplines, and as an exemplar of crossing assumed boundaries presents the work of Emma Stibbon RA, Professor
Kathy Cashman FRS and Professor Steve Sparks FRS CBE, and their shared fascination with volcanoes, volcanic
landscapes, processes, and impact. The exhibition also looks at a beautiful expression of the historic relationship
between art and science, the Campi Phlegraei (1776) of Sir William Hamilton and Peter Fabris.

A Gesture of Friendship: the musical manuscripts of Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)

Tower Gallery
16 June – 6 October 2017

Malcolm Arnold was one of the most distinguished British composers of his generation, writing for the ballet, theatre, and film screen as well as the concert hall. He lived through the upheavals of the mid-twentieth century and survived his own share of personal tragedies, but transformed his experiences into music vibrant with emotion.  This exhibition aims to introduce his music through his manuscripts, set amongst film posters, programmes and photographs.  With Arnold’s alterations and annotations, jottings and scribblings, these manuscripts offer a closeness to his creative process inspiring to all visitors, whatever their musical experience.















Norman Ackroyd.  The Western Shore, from Shetland to Co. Cork
33 etchings

Verey Gallery
27 April  – 10 September 2017

‘The western shore of the British Isles is not only the edge of Europe but also of a continent.  Three thousand miles of uninterrupted ocean lie to the west.  For decades I have indulged my obsession with this now almost deserted fringe.  I have visited and drawn most of the islands and landed on many’. (Norman Ackroyd)

Boreray and the Stacs
2010, Etching, 18 x 27.5cm

Norman Ackroyd studied at Leeds College of Art from 1956 to 1961, and subsequently at the Royal College of Art, London from 1961 to 1964.  His name is synonymous with the British and Irish Isles, and he is acclaimed as the modern master of etching and of water-colour.  Ackroyd was elected a Royal Academician in 1991 and was made Senior Fellow, Royal College of Art in 2000. He lives and works in London.

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William Scott
Form – Colour – Space

Verey Gallery

10th November 2016 – 31st March 2017

William Scott (1913-1989) was a British painter of international renown who produced an extraordinary body of work over the course of a career spanning decades.  Whether concerned with still life, landscape or the female nude, he moved effortlessly between abstraction and figuration. This exhibition offers a unique opportunity to explore Scott’s still life practice, with works from private collections, some never exhibited before, shown alongside the Eton College lithograph White Bowl, Black Pan on Brown, 1970.  On show are paintings, drawings and prints, as well as a rare opportunity to see a number of the simple 
kitchen objects he used to explore form, colour and space.

Black Bottle and Yellow
Oil on Canvas

© Estate of William Scott 2016

The Verey Gallery is open to the students and staff of Eton College as well as the wider community, including schools and the general public. 

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If you would like to visit, please contact
Charlotte Villiers
Exhibitions & Outreach Coordinator
01753 370603

Education, Education, Education: 500 years of learning at Eton College

Tower Gallery

10th November 2016 – 31st March 2017

The exhibition draws on the rich holdings of Eton College Library and the College Archives and traces the development of Eton from its beginnings to the modern, vibrant school it is today, with a particular focus on education and learning, and the impact of the Public Schools Act of 1868.The exhibition is divided into four sections, each focussing on a different aspect of the classroom, and highlighting changes following the Public Schools Act. These sections examine methods of teaching; the curriculum; school books and their use and personalisation by boys and others; and the Pote family of publishers who produced school books for Eton for over two centuries.

Photograph of boys in Lower School, with their top hats
sitting on the window sill. Top hats ceased to be part of
the uniform in 1948.

The Tower Gallery is open to the students and staff of Eton College as well as the wider community, including schools and the general public. 





If you would like to visit, please contact
Sally Jennings
Collections Administrator
01753 370590

Eton, the 1st Duke of Wellington and the Battle of Waterloo

26 May – 14 October 2015

An exhibition exploring the Battle of Waterloo and its aftermath, and the life of the 1st Duke of Wellington, drawing together objects from the Eton Collections and on loan, principally from Stratfield Saye.

It seems very unlikely that Wellington ever uttered the saying ‘the Battle of Waterloo was won on the Playing Fields of Eton’, the remark being first recorded (though by him no mention of the Playing Fields, simply ‘the Battle of Waterloo was won here’) by the French author Montalambert some years after Wellington’s death.  Amongst other questions, the exhibition considers why the remark gained such currency, and explores Wellington’s relationship with the School, both whilst here as a student and in later life.



Portrait: Comte Alfred d’Orsay (1801 – 1852)
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
Oil on canvas

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Landscapes of Innocence & Experience by Simon Roberts - 2015 

Simon Roberts is a British photographic artist whose work deals with our relationship to landscape and notions of identity and belonging. 

His large format photographs are taken with great technical precision, often from elevated positions. The distanced vantage point allows the relationship of individual bodies and groups to the landscape to be clearly observed and echoes the visual language of history painting. 

Paper Palaces:
The Topham Collection as a Source for British Neo-Classicism - 2013

This exhibition looked at a unique collection of drawings assembled by Richard Topham (1671 – 1730), and left to the school in his will. The collection includes work by artists such Pompeo Batoni, Giovanni Domenico Campiglia and William Kent. When viewed together the 40 albums of over 2,500 drawings reproduce on paper the ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, reliefs, frescoes and other remains that survived in early eighteenth-century Italy, many of which are lost or dispersed today. 

By the 1760s, the ancient patterns and imagery in the Topham drawings were being copied and used in fashionable decoration, becoming one of the most important sources for the movement we now call neo-classicism.  The exhibition follows the story of how these drawings came to be an inspiration for British architect Robert Adam (1728-1792) and his contemporaries for the design and decoration of town and country houses.  Most excitingly, the exhibition unites some of Topham’s drawings with copies and designs from the Adam Archive (on loan from the Sir John Soane Museum) to illustrate the direct impact Topham’s collection had on Adam’s decorative language.     

The exhibition was accompanied by a conference at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London, in collaboration with the University of Buckingham and Eton College.

TLS, 5 July 2013
Fade to Grey
James Hall

The Verey Gallery, funded by David and Emma Verey, opened in 2011 as a space to exhibit the remarkable collection of art, manuscripts, rare books, silver, photography and antiquities built up over 500 years by Eton College.  It also enables the school to make links with the art world through temporary exhibitions curated by visiting curators and/or showing loaned art works.

The Verey Gallery is open to the students and staff of Eton College as well as the wider community, including local schools and the general public.

If you have any queries, or would like to visit the gallery please contact Charlotte Villiers, Exhibitions & Outreach Coordinator.

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The Verey Gallery – Eton College – Windsor – SL4 6DW