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Past lectures

Tuesday 5th June 2018

Art UK: Uncovering the Nation’s Hidden Oil Painting Collection

Mrs Mary Rose Rivett-Carnac  BA MA

 

Art UK was set up to catalogue every oil painting in public ownership in the UK. This unique and ambitious project involved visiting 3,000 collections across the country and photographing over 212,000 paintings. The paintings are freely available to view on the Art UK website (www.artuk.org). The lecture offers an insider’s view of the project and describes some unusual collections visited, intriguing paintings uncovered, detective work involved and assistance given by NADFAS members.

Tuesday 3rd July 2018

Buried Treasures - Spectacular Hoards of Late Roman Silver

Dr Helen Rufus-Ward BA MA DPhil

Tuesday 2nd October 2018

Captain James Cook and the Enlightenment 

Mr Peter Warwick

 

Tuesday 6th November 2018

Thomas Heatherwick:  “ The Leonardo da Vinci of Our Times”

Mrs Anthea Streeter MEd (Harvard)

 

The Late Roman era was a period of crisis riven by civil wars and barbarian invasions (Rome was sacked in 410 by Alaric the Goth). As a consequence of the breakdown of society valuables were often buried for safe-keeping, the owners of which often failed to return to claim them. This lecture will examine a fabulous selection of silver vessels from these enigmatic and mysterious silver treasure troves (still being discovered and unearthed today). 

 

The lecture explores the impact of Captain James Cook’s three extraordinary voyages of discovery on European thought, art and science. Cook is widely renowned as an explorer, pioneering navigator and preventer of scurvy. His voyages provided unprecedented information about the Pacific Ocean and those who lived on its islands and shores. The lecture is lavishly illustrated with the exquisite drawings and watercolours of Sydney Parkinson, the glorious paintings of William Hodges and George Stubbs, the botanising of Sir Joseph Banks and the remarkable cartography of James Cook himself. 

Tuesday 4th December 2018

Giles: His Life, Times and Cartoons

Mr Barry Venning BA MA

Thomas Heatherwick has won many awards and honours and Sir Terence Conran has described him as “the Leonardo da Vinci of our times”. Heatherwick’s innovative approach is now in demand all over the world, and the lecture will highlight the broad range of his designs from individual items such as the Zip Bag for the French firm Longchamp to large urban spaces.  In the lecture we’ll look at how Heatherwick’s Olympic Cauldron with its breathtaking giant ring of fire was revealed at the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympic Games. In the same year, Heatherwick’s new red London bus was launched. The Studio has major projects completing in Cape Town, Shanghai and New York.

The cartoonist, Carl Giles, once said that he loved his creation, Grandma Giles because she allowed him to say things through his cartoons that he was too polite to say in person. She helped him to poke fun at authority in all its forms. His admirers included Prince Charles, Sir Malcolm Sargent and Tommy Cooper, and it was no surprise when he was voted Britain’s best-loved cartoonist in 2000. Few people realise, however, that this likeable and humane satirist was also a war correspondent who witnessed the horrors of Belsen, where he found that the camp commandant, Josef Kramer, was also a great fan of his work. Giles gave us a remarkable picture of a half-century of British life.

 

Music was a constant theme in Manet’s life and art. His wife Suzanne Leenhoff was a gifted pianist, and regular musical soirées were held at the Manet family home. His pictures of musicians and their audiences range from major early canvases depicting itinerant gypsy musicians and Spanish dancers, through to paintings encompassing the full range of Parisian musical culture, from private performances to street entertainment, café concerts and the Paris Opera. Bringing together Manet’s art and the music that inspired him, this lecture immerses you in Manet’s world.

Tuesday 8th January 2019

Edouard Manet and Music

Dr Lois Oliver MA (Cantab)

MA (Courtauld) AMA LTCL PhD

Tuesday 5th February 2019

             The Wallace and Frick Collections and their connection with Knole

Miss Hilary Williams BA (Hons)

MA (Courtauld)

This lecture looks at the Wallace Collection in London and how it led to the Frick Collection in New York. This circle of collectors included many famous names such as Baron Rothschild and the Astors. We see how a charismatic personality, who worked for Sir Richard and Lady Wallace, was then hired by Henry Frick. Thanks to an “amitie amoureuse” a fortune was left to the mother of Vita Sackville-West and so influences Knole and Sissinghurst.

 

Tuesday 5th  March 2019

Chinese Imperial Court Costume 1644- 1911

Mr David Rosier

This lecture focuses on the costume and dress accessories that would have been worn for formal occasions or informally, at the Imperial Court or in Provincial Government during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Initial consideration will be given to formal, mandated, Court Costume and Insignia of Rank worn by the Imperial Family plus the Civil and Military Officials. The full scope of the Emperor’s Wardrobe will be reviewed from formal through to informal wear. The dress of other members of the Court will also be considered. Particular focus will be given to the highly decorative clothing of high ranking Chinese Ladies and will consider the design of items such as informal robes, outerwear, headwear and ornamental accessories. 

 

2016

 

 

January

KANDINSKY

Rosalind Whyte

February

JACOB BELL: Art Patron and Pharmacist

Briony Hudson

March

SEARCHING FOR SHAKESPEARE

Jane Tapley

April

BASINGSTOKE, its contribution to world culture

Rupert Willoughby

May

REMBRANDT, VERMEER, FRANS HALS: ART IN THE GARDEN OF GOD

Douglas Skeggs

June

LANCELOT “CAPABILITY” BROWN — LANDSCAPE, ART AND DAME NATURE

Twiggs Way

July

ENGLAND’S GOLDEN AGE OF CABINET MAKING

Januz Karczewski-Slowikowski

October

A HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY IN TEN GREAT PICTURES

Brian Stater

November

GONE IN A FLASH

Timothy Wilcox

December

GRANDFATHER FROST AND THE OLD NEW YEAR

Rosamund Bartlett

2017

 

 

January

The Interiors of Jane Austen’s Heroines          

Diana Lloyd

February

The Cumberland Art Gallery at Hampton Court Palace

Linda Collins

March

Income and Inspiration: Financial Secrets of the Masters  

David Phillips

April

Absolutely Classic!  Neo Classicism in Regency England

Naomi Motley

May

The Extraordinary Life of Misia Sert – Queen of Paris

Julian Halsby

June

Treasures of the Turf   

Christopher Garibaldi

July

Degas: The Pioneer of Impressionism?

Eveline Eaton

October

Image and History – Art at the Lansdowne Club

Pamela Campbell-Johnston

November

Looking at Furniture: Its uses, application, evaluation and aesthetics

 Jonathan Meyer

December

Children’s Book Illustrations               

John Ericson

2018

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April

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June

July

October  

 

The Emperor Hadrian (AD117-138): Architecture as an expression of Imperial Power

Votes for Women! – Art, Suffragettes and Female Politicians 

Toulouse-Lautrec and the Cabarets of Paris

The Anatomical Drawings of Leonardo da Vinci

The Importance of Royal Dress  

Art UK: Uncovering the Nation’s Hidden Oil Painting Collection

Buried Treasures - Spectacular Hoards of Late Roman Silver

 

Richard Thomas

Caroline Shenton

Peter Webb

Guy Rooker

Kate Strasdin

Mary Rose Rivett-Carnac

Helen Rufus-Ward