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Beth Sorensen
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19th-CENTURY IMAGES OF THE MIDDLE EAST COME TO REED

Lecture on Frith's Victorian-era photography will accompany the exhibition


"Voyages and Visions: Nineteenth-Century European Images of the Middle East from the Victoria and Albert Museum," a British exhibition of 82 watercolors and drawings from the Searight collection, will be on view at Reed College's Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery from September 11 through October 20. The Cooley Gallery is in Reed's library building; viewing hours are Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call the gallery information line at 503/777-7790.

Douglas R. Nickel, assistant curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, will discuss "A Victorian Crusade: The Photographs of Francis Frith" on Wednesday, October 2, at 6:30 p.m. in Reed's psychology auditorium.

The watercolors and drawings in the exhibition capture the fascination of nineteenth-century artists with the lands and cultures of the Middle East. Many traveled to the Middle East as part of their professions as topographical artists, cartographers, architects, and engineers and drew or painted while touring or on expeditions that were commercial, scientific, archaeological, or religious.

The works were collected by Rodney Searight (1909-91), an English businessman, amateur draftsman, and conoisseur whose career led him to reside in the Middle East. Searight's knowledge of the region helped build this archive of thousands of drawings, watercolors, prints, and books. The Searight collection was acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1985.

"Voyages and Visions: Nineteenth-Century European Images of the Middle East from the Victoria and Albert Museum" is organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).