A Hard Choice

Girl and Blue Table, 1938
14 February – 27 September 2015

Stories behind Portsmouth’s collections of art and design.

What do a Turner watercolour, a 13th century cosmetic jar and a gramophone painted by Dora Carrington have in common?

They were all acquired for Portsmouth Museums during the curatorship of Rosalinda Hardiman over the past 35 years. Rosalinda is the ‘Queen of Eclectics’, a curator with wide ranging interests and full of arcane and quirky facts.

Showcasing the diversity of Portsmouth’s collections, Rosalinda reveals the stories behind the objects and the hidden world of the curator. The exhibition will share her knowledge and joy in museum collections. Fine and decorative art will feature strongly.

Many items have not been displayed for over thirty years, including prints by Walter Sickert. A group of fifteenth century ceramics from south-east Asia will be on show for the first time in this exhibition.

William Scott’s Girl and Blue Table, 1938 will be one of the works you’ll be able to see.

Opening Hours

Open Tuesday – Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays. Closed on Mondays (except Bank Holidays)
Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. Museum shop closes 15 minutes before closing time
10.00am – 5.00pm

Free admission
Portsmouth Museum

Museum Road

Tel: +44 (0)23 9283 4779

E-mail: mvs@portsmouthcc.gov.uk