University VGM: ‘Desert Impressions: Journeys of a Victorian Lady’

22 June – 3 September 2011 at Liverpool University VGM. ‘Desert Impressions: Journeys of a Victorian Lady’

An exhibition of oil paintings and watercolours by Lady Caroline Gray-Hill of the Near East in the late 1800s.

Lady Caroline Emily Gray-Hill (1843 – 1924) accompanied her husband, John Gray-Hill, solicitor with local law firm Hill Dickinson, on his trips to Syria, both painting as they travelled.  The pair were fascinated by the landscape and the people they met on their travels. Gray-Hill’s pictures depict places from modern Turkey in the North to Jordan in the South.

Curator, Moira Lindsay, said: “Lady Caroline’s pictures are timeless romantic views of the desert; expanses of land and water beneath golden and crimson skies.  Her art almost harks back to a historical European idea of the Near East.”
Travelling across this region in the late 1800s was fraught with danger and Gray-Hill experienced kidnap, ransom and arrest whilst painting the landscape.

The exhibition runs until 3 September 2011. Admission to all galleries and exhibitions at the VG&M is free and the building is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm.

Victoria Gallery and Museum
Ashton Street
University of Liverpool
L69 3DR

Tel: 0151 794 2348