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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 Costs Lives: 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

Image © Weston Park website
Trustees of the Weston Park Foundation
Used with permission

Unfortunately, this day visit has been cancelled due to the coronavirus situation. We have rearranged for Wednesday 17th August 2022.

More details of our visit nearer the time.

Weston Park is a country house in Staffordshire, set in more than 1,000 acres of park landscaped by Capability Brown. The 17th-century Hall is a Grade I listed building and several other features of the estate, such as the Orangery and the Stable block, are separately listed as Grade II.

Weston Park House and the surrounding parkland were given to the nation in 1986 by the 7th Earl of Bradford, with the support of the National Heritage Memorial Fund. It is now in the care of the Trustees of the Weston Park Foundation. The house retains its art collection with over 30,000 objects.

Click here for Weston Park website