About 60 books, manuscripts, artworks, and even realia from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection will be on view in museums this spring. Covering the Washington-to-Providence corridor the venues include the National Gallery of Art, the Grolier Club, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, and the University of Delaware’s own University Gallery in Old College.
First up are two shows at the National Gallery, Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Art and Design, 1848-1900, a version of the groundbreaking exhibition from Tare Britain (through 19 May) and Pre-Raphaelites and the Book, an additional special display (on through mid-August) made up almost entirely from MSL Collection materials. Included in the two exhibitions are Kelmscott Press titles, first editions of books by William Morris and Christina and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, pencil drawings by Edward Burne-Jones, a Morris and Co. textile, and two star items: the illustrated manuscript visitorss book from the Burne-Jonesss holiday house in Rottingdean, Sussex, and a volume containing two calligraphic manuscripts by William Morris.
In American Little Magazines of the 1890s: A Revolution in Print, at the Grolier Club in New York, copies of The Germ, The Yellow Book, The Savoy, The Page, and The Butterfly, together with a Beardsley poster and ephemera, show the British influence which engendered the plethora of avant-garde periodicals which appeared in this country from the mid-1890s through the 1920s.