1981

Past Exhibition: Jean-Antoine Houdon

Photograph of marble sculpture of bust of woman with roses in her hair and ivy draped across her breast
Jean-Antoine Houdon: Eight Portrait Busts
June 10, 1981 to August 9, 1981

In line with other exhibitions devoted to lesser-known aspects of its holdings, The Frick Collection presented an exhibition organized around its marble portrait busts by Houdon: Comtesse du Cayla and Armand-Thomas Hue, Marquis de Miromesnil. Joining these two sculptures, both dated 1777, was another version of the Miromesnil bust, dated 1775, lent by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, as well as Denis Diderot  (1773; The Metropolitan Museum of Art), Madame Pierre-François His (1775; E.V.

Past Exhibition: William Blake Watercolor Illustrations

Watercolor of hunched winged man reading book
William Blake Watercolor Illustrations for The Pilgrim’s Progress
September 1, 1981 to November 1, 1981

The Frick Collection once again presented an exhibition of William Blake's illustrations for John Bunyan's Pilgrim’s Progress. The exhibition complemented the collection of Blake's watercolors and illuminated books then on view at the Morgan Library.