What to see this week:

Country Life Every Week - - Athena -

Vol­ca­noes at the Bodleian’s We­ston Li­brary, Ox­ford, un­til May 21 (01865 277094; www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk) En­coun­ters with vol­ca­noes, from a me­dieval de­scrip­tion of smok­ing Ice­landic peaks, wit­nessed by St Brendan, to Is­abella Bird’s Hawai­ian ob­ser­va­tions in 1872. Ash sam­ples, maps, livid paint­ings, a frag­ment of charred scroll from Her­cu­la­neum and much else be­sides: don’t miss this small, but fas­ci­nat­ing, show cu­rated by vol­ca­nol­o­gist Prof David Pyle. Vol­ca­noes: En­coun­ters through the Ages is pub­lished by Bodleian Li­brary (£20)

A Cas­ket of Pearls: Cel­e­brat­ing Twenty Years of Col­lect­ing is at Pen­lee House Gallery & Mu­seum, Morrab Road, Pen­zance, Corn­wall, un­til June 3 (www.pen­lee­house.org.uk; 01736 363625) Best known for its paint­ings by the New­lyn School of painters, this sig­nif­i­cant re­gional mu­seum/gallery also has good col­lec­tions of 19th- and 20th-cen­tury British fine and dec­o­ra­tive arts, pho­tog­ra­phy and ar­chae­o­log­i­cal arte­facts. The ex­hi­bi­tion shows how the col­lec­tion has de­vel­oped over the two decades since Pen­lee House un­der­went its ma­jor refurbishment and ex­ten­sion.

Trans­fer­ences: Sid­ney Nolan in Bri­tain

is at Pal­lant House Gallery, 9, North Pal­lant, Chich­ester, West Sus­sex, from Fe­bru­ary 18 to June 4 (01243 774557; www.pal­lant.org.uk) The first ma­jor show in the UK’S pro­gramme to cel­e­brate the cen­te­nary of the Aus­tralian Sid­ney Nolan (1917–92), a lead­ing in­ter­na­tional fig­ure in 20th­cen­tury art (www.sid­neynolantrust.org). Fo­cus­ing on themes that pre­oc­cu­pied him while liv­ing and work­ing in Bri­tain (from 1953)—and show­ing how he in­cor­po­rated Euro­pean in­flu­ences into his Aus­tralian sub­jects—the ex­hi­bi­tion will in­clude the fa­mous images of Ned Kelly and a dis­play of his set de­signs and cos­tumes for the Royal Bal­let.

A gouache by Pi­etro Fabris of Ve­su­vius erupt­ing (1779)

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