Monthly Archives: May 2019

Wednesday 2nd October 2019 – Brilliant British Humour in the Forgotten Art of the Picture Postcard 1909-1939

Brilliant Britsh Humour in the Forgotten Art of the Picture Postcard 1909-1939

Lecture_2019_James Taylor

Wednesday 2nd October 2019

James Taylor

From the Edwardian era to the outbreak of World War II, millions of artist-drawn humorous postcards were produced, not just for entertainment but to bolster morale, to inspire, instruct, motivate and persuade.

Discover the popular themes and styles of the period by the masters of the medium such as Mabel Lucie Attwell, Dudley Buxton, Donald McGill and Fred Spurgin, and the reasons why their popularity waned with the British public. 

James Taylor studied at the Universities of St Andrews and Manchester.

He is a former curator of paintings, drawings and prints, and co-ordinator of various exhibitions, at the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich, and has worked as a lecturer on board cruise ships.

Publications include Maritime Painting: Images of Sail, Sea and Shore (1995); Yachts on Canvas: Artists’ Images from the Seventeenth Century to the Present Day (1998); The Voyage of the Beagle: Darwin’s Extraordinary Adventure Aboard FitzRoy’s Famous Survey Ship (2008); Careless Talk CostsLives: Fougasse and the Art of Public Information (2010) and Your Country Needs You: the Secret History of the Propaganda Poster (2013).

Day – August 2020 – Weston Park

Wednesday 19th August 2020 – Weston Park

Weston Park

Weston Park in Shropshire is the former home of the Earls of Bradford. The opulent 17th century Mansion, housing some wonderful fine art, is set in 1,000 acres of Capability Brown landscaped grounds.

The Mansion contains tributes to the 3rd Earl’s love of horses. The Victorian library contains over 3,000 books and has unique Goblin tapestries, specially commissioned for the house.  The stunning dining room houses one of the country’s most impressive collections of paintings including works by renowned artists such as Sir Anthony Van Dyck.

The visit will include travel by coach, coffee on arrival, and time to explore the grounds.  We will then have a two course lunch.

After lunch we will split into 2 groups.  Group 1 will tour “The Mansion and its art work”, while group 2 will have a “Behind the Scenes” tour.

Between the tours we will have tea and cake to revive us. The groups will then swap over for the tours before departure.

Ticket price £56

Tickets will be on sale at the May meeting one hour before each lecture, and at later meetings if tickets remain.

Click here for the Weston Park website.

Image – Weston Park © Weston Park website

Day – May 2020 – Chatsworth

Wednesday 20th May 2020 – Chatsworth

Chatsworth

Chatsworth, the seat of the Duke of Devonshire, has been home to the Cavendish family since 1549.  It is a beautiful grade 1 listed English Baroque house in Derbyshire. The house is set in expansive parkland and contains an important collection of paintings, furniture, old master drawings, neoclassical sculptures, books and other artefacts.

Following our recent excellent study day on Chatsworth, and by popular demand, we will re-visit the house.

After our coach journey, there will be time to wander round the grounds before a special treat of lunch in a private dining room.

In the afternoon we will have a full tour of the house in small groups to learn more about the wonderful treasures to be found there.

Chatsworth has been selected several times as the nation’s favourite Country House.

Ticket price £65

Tickets will be on sale at the March meeting one hour before each lecture, and at later meetings if tickets remain.

Click here for the Chatsworth website.

Image – Chatsworth © By Tookapic, Used under Licence: Pexels