I just noticed ( and was somewhat stunned) to note that there was no mention on this forum about the superb "Spreading Canvas" exhibition at the Yale British Museum of Art. Unfortunately, this exhibit closes December 4, just a few days away from this posting.
I live nearby to New Haven, CT and it was easy for me to visit the FREE exhibition - twice! Although the exhibit was focused on painters of maritime subjects (in the U.K. or about U.K. subjects), there are three (3) superb models on display - more than I saw a couple years ago at the London Science Museum! The painters are iconic - all, including Van DeVeldes, elder and younger, Serres, Pocock, Scott, Constable, even an early J.W.W. Turner - to mention just a handful.
The first item that greets you at the exhibit space is a model of the HMS Coronation, a 1/4"-scale monster, fully-rigged 2nd Rate from the Kriegstein Collection. Another Kriegstein model on loan for the exhi bit is the HMS Lion, a true (and very early) "Dockyard Model." Lastly, the HMS Centurian is from the NMM in Greenwich, U.K. This fully-rigged model is especially amazing; all are stunning, but this one is on par with the HMS Burford at the Mystic collection.
I attempted to take some photos (both visits) but the policy is no photography and they aggressively enforce it. I guess the curators don't want you to steal the soul of the exhibition.
More likely reason for the photo embargo is the following (commercial) tip:
There is an excellent full-color and large hardcover book available for the exhibition: "Spreading Canvas." This is a wonderful reference and it is now in my personal reference library (alongside Seawatch's Kriegstein Collection). The book is well-written and edited, copiously graphic with all artwork/painting/engraving items shown in decent size (with other artworks not shown at Yale). Good printing and binding quality, Better be! $70 at the shop, $75 on line.
Sorry this wasn't posted earlier, understanding that only a handful of MSW members would be able to go to the Yale campus in New Haven, Connecticut. There are some details at the museum's web site: