The Holburne Museum

Nicholas Pope: Portraits of a Marriage


Venue – The Holburne Museum
Dates – 17th May – 30th August 2021


In Portraits of a Marriage the Holburne presents, for the very first time, ten sculptures which depict – in characteristically entertaining, abstract but honest form – Nicholas Pope and his wife at different stages of their life together during more than 40 years of marriage. The series began in 1978 with Mr and Mrs Arnolfini and culminated last year (2020) with Mr and Mrs Pope Dead and Buried, which was made in the shadow of the late Janet Pope’s terminal cancer. The exhibition encapsulates Nicholas Pope’s personal development over five decades, exploring a variety of psychological states and the nature of his relationship with Janet in sculptures of wood, metal, glass, ceramic and shrunken wool. Many of the sculptures have a related drawing, which will be displayed alongside the corresponding sculpture.