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( SUMMER RECESS )

Past lectures

Tuesday 3rd October 2017

Image and History – Art at the Lansdowne Club

Mrs Pamela Campbell-Johnston MA

 

The current art collection at the Lansdowne Club highlights the fascinating architectural, social and political history of Lansdowne House, now home to this private members' Club.  Through 18th century prints, oils, photography, modern silkscreens, lithographs and mixed media works, the image and history of this Grade II building comes to life.  Located in Mayfair the internal fabric of this important building beautifully fuses 18th century neo-classical architecture with the highly fashionable Art Deco style and serves as an eye-catching home for the current modern British art collection.  As former home to a past British Prime Minister, Lord Shelburne (1st Marquis of Lansdowne) and to Harry Gordon Selfridge, the department store magnate, Members will also be regaled with stories of intrigue and passion as reflected in the art collection. 

Tuesday 7th November 2017                                                                                                          Revd Jonathan Meyer MA FRICS

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

 

This lecture will look at ways of examining furniture considering what features one should be looking for in order to establish authenticity. It will seek to think about how furniture was made and used as both these aspects will help illuminate the way in which it should show signs of age and wear. There will the consideration of some fakes and how they might be spotted. If time is available it will also look at contemporary inventories and ways of identifying different makers.  

Tuesday 5th December 2017

Children’s Book Illustrations                                                                      

Mr John Ericson BA (Hons) CertEd M.Ed

As adults we carry huge numbers of images from childhood many coming from illustrations in books we read as children. “Tigger” and “Toad “as drawn by E.H. Shepard will probably remain with us for ever. This is a colourful and nostalgic lecture considering a range of book illustrations and also the intriguing lives of famous illustrators such as Beatrix Potter, Howard Pyle and Arthur Rackham.

Tuesday 9th January 2018

                          The Emperor Hadrian (AD117-138): Architecture as an expression of Imperial Power                                                                                                                                    Dr Richard Thomas BSc MA PhD  

Hadrian was the first Roman Emperor to realise that the Empire could not continue to expand. He marked the boundaries of the Empire with walls and massive fortifications. He also decided to glorify Rome and Greece with major buildings to impress enemies and vassal states to persuade them that Rome was still powerful. Hadrian’s Wall, the Pantheon, Tivoli Palace, the Castel Sant’Angelo and other buildings erected in his honour will be illustrated in this talk.   

Tuesday 6th February 2018

Votes for Women! – Art, Suffragettes and Female Politicians 

                                                                                                   Dr Caroline Shenton DPhil(Oxon) FSA FRHistS

Caroline Shenton is Director of the Parliamentary Archives at Westminster.

To mark the centenary of women first getting the vote, which falls in 2018, this lecture will explore the story of the suffragettes through portrayals in art and their own artistic productions, and will look at how contemporary artists choose to portray female politicians in our own time and the controversies surrounding these depictions.  

Tuesday 6th March 2018

Toulouse-Lautrec and the Cabarets of Paris

Dr Peter Webb BA MA (Cantab) PhD

Henri de Toulouse Lautrec’s paintings and posters gave lasting fame to the nightlife of Montmartre. His famous poster for the new Moulin Rouge helped to make it the most famous nightspot and at the same time revolutionised advertising.  Art works and photographs will bring Montmartre back to life with original recordings of Toulouse Lautrec’s friends.  There will be original film of Loie Fuller and Josephine Baker and we will hear later performers of the French chanson and Offenbach’s wonderful Can-Can.

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

 

 

December