Sir Basil Dixwell by Sir Anthony van Dyck

Arguably a pearl in The Beaney’s collection, Van Dyck’s portrait of Sir Basil Dixwell (1638) was acquired by The Beaney in 2004, and is an excellent example of the refined painting style that went on to have a dominant influence on portraiture in England for 150 years. Sir Anthony van...

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South Indian Mace

One of the gallery’s great collections was bought to us by a man named Stephen Lushington. Described by Jane Austen as a “man of taste” who she ‘liked very much’ Lushington was a local Member of Parliament and Governor of Madras in India (1791-1803). On his return to England he...

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Mummified Cat

In Ancient Egypt Mummification was not limited to humans. From snakes and beetles to hippos and crocodiles, the Ancient Egyptians mummified all sorts of different creatures. Cats, being sacred, were not excluded from this. Many cats were mummified in the city of Bubastis, the centre of worship of the cat...

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Anglo Saxon Kentish Silver Disc Brooch

Antiquarians, then archaeologists have been exploring Kent since the 18th Century. Their most outstanding finds were Anglo-Saxon items dating from the 5th to 8th centuries. At this time Kent was an independent, wealthy kingdom with continental connections...

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