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Current exhibition
Julian Opie: Collected Works continues a series of exhibitions at the Holburne exploring artists and their collections. The exhibition will remain open until 19 September. All Friends have free entry on presenting a valid membership card.

Maria Teresa in Sequined Dress, 2008 © Julian Opie

Friends' Survey
We greatly value your views on membership matters so please don't forget to fill in your Survey forms and return them by 31st May.  You do not have to identify yourself, but Friends who give their name and postcode will be entered in the Prize Draw, which will take place at the AGM on 15th July.  The prize will be a voucher for £50 to be spent in the Museum shop or set against the cost of a Friends' trip and valid until Christmas 2014.  Results of the Survey will be published in the Autumn Newsletter.

Books Galore 
If Friends have any books they wish to contribute to this year's Book Sale at the Museum on Saturday 28 June please let David Wiltshire and Sidney Blackmore know.  They are happy to collect books during the period 1st - 20th June. Tel: 01985 213195 or email

Object of the Month
Ivory portrait miniature of Mary Ickeringill 1790s

In an act of extreme generosity, this rare ivory portrait relief was recently presented to the Museum by a Friend of the Holburne. Made in Bath by virtuoso carvers Stephany and Dresch in the 1790s, the relief depicts Mary Ickeringill, the sister of the donor’s great-great grandmother Ann Wilson (nee Ickeringill). 
The Ickeringills were a Yorkshire family and the relief must have been carved during a visit to Bath.  The portrait is surrounded by a garland of Stephany and Dresch’s characteristic miniature carvings of flowers.  It perfectly complements two Stephany and Dresch ivory landscapes already in the collection, acquired by Sir William Holburne.The relief is currently being conserved and reframed, after which it will be displayed in the Andrew Fletcher Gallery.  It forms part of a growing collection of miniatures, silhouettes and portrait reliefs made in Bath during the 18th and early 19th centuries.
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The Newsletter for Summer 2014 is now available here to view together with downloadable booking forms for our forthcoming events. 

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Friends' Quiz
Our Quiz evening was great fun with tables of six people competing to answer a series of fiendish questions on a Georgian theme. A delicious dinner afterwards was kindly provided by members of the Friends' committee and proved to be a very jolly and sociable occasion. For anyone who missed it, here are the questions and answers to try out at home.