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Gallery Talk at Rienzi “Colonel John Fortnum and Family”

Thursday, Feb 21, 2013
1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

1406 Kirby Drive Map & Directions

Leslie Scattone, assistant curator for the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, discusses a large group portrait: Colonel John Fortnum and Family by Tilly Kettle, one of the first significant British artists to establish a career in India. Kettle painted in Madras, Calcutta, and Faizabad from 1769 to 1776. This painting, from the collection of the Blaffer Foundation, depicts John Fortnum, an architect and officer in the Bengal Army, along with his wife, children, and exotic pet bird.

On the third Thursday of each month, Rienzi highlights a great work of art. Gallery Talks are given by museum curators, conservators, educators, and librarians. Admission is free. Reservations are encouraged. Please call 713. 639.7800.

Education programs at Rienzi receive generous funding from the Sterling-Turner Foundation; the Brown Foundation, Inc.; Carroll Sterling and Harris Masterson III Endowment Fund; and the Caroline Wiess Law Endowment Fund for Rienzi.