Gift to the British Museum

We are delighted to announce a major gift of Barns-Graham works on paper from the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust to the British Museum. The ten works date between 1948 and 2000, spanning her long career and representing her use of a wide range of media and life-long commitment to drawing.

10 Drawings

This latest donation from the Trust’s ongoing programme of gifts to public collections, includes an early offset drawing of St Ives, a gestural Spanish gouache from 1958, drawings from her travels to Italy and Lanzarote and a late acrylic from the Scorpio Series. They will join three Barns-Graham works already in the British Museum permanent collection.

Museum Magazine Highlight

To mark the Gift, Curator of Western Modern and Contemporary Graphic Art, Jennifer Ramkalawon, has written a 4-page introductory article for the Winter edition of the British Museum Magazine, the first page features the earliest work in the Gift, Mevagissey I from 1948. It is hoped that a selection from the Gift will go on display at the British Museum early next year.

Works Gifted to the British Museum