<< YCBA Home Yale Center for British Art Yale Center for British Art << YCBA Home

YCBA Collections Search

IIIF Actions
Georgiana Houghton : spirit drawings / Simon Grant, Lars Bang Larsen and Marco Pasi ; edited by Ernst Vegelin van Claerbergen and Barnaby Wright.
Additional Title(s):
Spirit drawings
London : The Courtauld Gallery, [2016]
Physical Description:
83 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Reference Library
NJ18.H8124 A12 2016 (LC)
Accessible in the Reference Library [Hours]
Note: Please contact the Reference Library to schedule an appointment [Email ycba.reference@yale.edu]

Catalog of an exhibition held at the Courtauld Gallery, June 16-September 11, 2016. Organised in collaboration with Monash University Museum of Art.
Includes bibliographical references.
Georgiana Houghton was a spiritualist medium who, in the 1860s and 1870s, produced a remarkable series of largely abstract watercolours. Detailed explanations on the back of the works declare that her hand was guided by various spirits, including several Renaissance artists and higher angelic beings. In 1871 Houghton rented a gallery in Old Bond Street and presented her 'spirit drawings' to a startled London audience. One critic pronounced it to be "the most astonishing exhibition in London at the present moment". The visual power of the works and their pioneering use of abstract forms make them remarkable products of Victorian culture and fascinating precursors to later concerns of modern art. However, they are almost completely unknown today. This publication, which accompanies an exhibition at The Courtauld Gallery, is the first devoted to Houghton's spirit drawings and brings them to light after 150 years in obscurity--Back cover.
Subject Terms:
Houghton, Georgiana, 1814-1884 -- Exhibitions.
Houghton, Georgiana, 1814-1884.
Exhibition catalogs.
Grant, Simon, 1967- writer of added text.
Larsen, Lars Bang, 1972- writer of added text.
Pasi, Marco, writer of added text.
Claerbergen, Ernst Vegelin van.
Wright, Barnaby.
Courtauld Institute Galleries, host institution.
Monash University. Museum of Art, host institution.

  • Director's foreword
  • "Works of art without parallel in the world" : Georgiana Houghton's Spirit Drawings / Simon Grant and Marco Pasi
  • Spectres of art / Lars Bang Larsen and Marco Pasi
  • Catalogue introduction / Ernst Vegelin van Claebergen and Barnaby Wright
  • List of works.