Villa E1027 and the Career of Eileen Grey

Villa E1027

Tuesday 16th February 2021 at 10.30am

Lecturer: Nicholas Merchant

This will be a Zoom lecture.

Eileen Gray, born in Ireland in the 19th century enrolled at the Slade School of Art and became one of Paris' most sought after and innovative designers of the 20th century. In the late 20th century she built an extraordinary house at Roquebrunne which became the envy of Le Corbusier. 

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The Use of Colour in English Garden Design

English garden

Tuesday 16th March 2021 at 10.30am

Lecturer: Timothy Walker

This will be a Zoom lecture.

What role does colour play in the design of gardens and in what ways are the principles of garden design different from those of fine art? Are there any parallels between the motivation for creating gardens and creating works of art? 

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White Gold: The Splendour of Meissen Porcelain

Meissen figures

Tuesday 20th April 2021 at 10.30am

Lecturer: Scott Anderson

This will be a Zoom lecture.

The making of Hard paste porcelain going back over 2,000 years, represents one of the most important ,technical ,artistic and economic achievements in the history of mankind. Meissen became the first place in Europe where the secret of making hard paste porcelain was discovered and made commercially. This talk looks at the varied and beautiful products of this factory in the 18th and 19th centuries. 

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Caravaggio: Murderer or Genius

Caravaggio painting

Tuesday 18th May 2021 at 10.30am

Lecturer: Julia Musgrave

Caravaggio’s paintings inspired many artists during his lifetime and would go on to influence many more, from Orazio Gentileschi to Peter Paul Rubens, Gerard van Honthorst and Rembrandt.

Each absorbed a different aspect of his work. His style spread across Europe and gave rise to the international movement known as ‘Caravaggism’. Yet for many, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio is famed as much for his art as for his criminal record. Was it the violence of his times or his own violent spirit that inspired the dramatic lighting and intense naturalism of his work? This lecture follows the dramatic incidents of the artist’s life and looks at why and how his influence spread so far.

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Punch Magazine – Halcyon Days

Punch Magazine - the prevailing epidemic

Tuesday 15th June 2021 at 10.30am

Lecturer: Tim Stimson

Mr Punch's reign as premier puncturer of pomposity spanned five monarchs; his blend of cartoons, jokes and satire holding up a mirror to society, with a wry grin, pointing out questionable politicians, unimaginative beaurocrats, rude shop assistants, striking workers, rich foreigners, rising prices and ... the British railways - recognising that to laugh rather than cry is a good tonic.

Punch Magazine described itself as:

"a guffawgraph"

"a refuge for destitute wit"

"an asylum for the thousands of drawings, orphan jokes and perishing puns which otherwise wander about without so much as a shelf to rest on"

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Treasures of the Fan Museum

Fan Museum London

Tuesday 20th July 2021 at 10.30am


Lecturer: Jacob Moss

Occupying a pair of early Georgian townhouses nestled in historic Greenwich, the story of how The Fan Museum came to fruition dovetails into the multifaceted history of the handheld fan. From an especially rare Elizabethan-period embroidered folding fan to contemporary examples decorated by street artists, discover some of the key objects within the Museum’s extraordinary collections which encompass more than 5,000 fans and related objects dating from the eleventh century to the present day and gathered from most parts of the world.

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A Brief Story of Wine

History of Wine

Tuesday 21st September 2021 at 10.30am

Lecturer: David Wright

Wine has been part of our global society for over 7,000 years, and the story tells of its origin and appearance in all societies across the Mediterranean and through Europe. There is rich evidence of the role wine has played in these societies and how it became an important component of faith, well-being and festivity. From the kwevris of Georgia in 5,000 B.C., the symposia in ancient Greece, the thermopolia of Pompeii, the hospices of Europe, to the dining tables of fine society wine has been ever present. Drawings, paintings, engravings, buildings, pottery and wine labels themselves all contribute to the story.

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Mind the Gap: Designs for the London Underground

London Underground Design

Tuesday 19th October 2021 at 10.30am

Lecturer: Charles Harris

“Mind the Gap” examines the world-beating graphics, designs, maps and posters created for the London Underground. From early days through the inventive inter-war years, this lecture is rammed with well-known artists and great stories. Modern London was shaped by the Underground. Tunnel Vision has never been so celebrated.

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