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Glass Circle lecture season 2016


(17th March Rebecca Bell, 5th April Dora Thornton, 12th May Graham Vivian, 30th June Simon Cottle, 13th October AGM, 10th November John P Smith)






Tuesday 13th December 2016 at 7.15pm:

'E.W.Cooke (1811-1880), English marine artist, diarist and collector; the formation and dispersion of his Venetian glass collection'

lecturer: Suzanne Higgott

(see below)




Suzanne Higgott: E. W. Cooke (1811-1880), English marine artist, diarist and collector: the formation and dispersion of his Venetian glass collection

The Victorian artist Cooke’s diary provides an exceptional record of the way in which a well connected, much travelled London glass collector acquired, transported, displayed and disposed of his collection. Cooke made several extensive visits to Venice. His passion for Venetian glass was at its height from 1863 to 1865 and his posthumous glass sale at Christie’s in June 1880 included 550 Venetian lots. More than 40 glasses from his collection are in the British Museum. Cooke’s diary and the museum’s documentation provide a fascinating insight into how this came about.

Suzanne Higgott is Curator of Glass, Limoges Painted Enamels, Earthenwares and Renaissance Furniture at the Wallace Collection in London. She has a strong interest in the history of collecting, especially in 19th-century London and Paris. Her publications on glass include articles on French Renaissance enamelled glass, an essay on historic Venetian glass in the exhibition catalogue Glasstress: White Light/White Heat (2013) and The Wallace Collection Catalogue of Glass and Limoges Painted Enamels (2011).

Suzanne Higgott is a long-serving member of the Board of the Association for the History of Glass (the British section of the AIHV) and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

Lecture Meeting Place: The Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT


Members are reminded to advise our meetings organiser Anne Lutyens-Stobbs, in advance, of their intention to attend. Please e-mail or call

07931 516283 or 01245 604518


Lecture Meetings - members of Glass Circle and Glass Association £10 per meeting attended and £15.00 for each guest. (The annual general meeting in the autumn is not subject to an entry charge)

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Next meetings in 2017: 16th March, 13th April

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