Wednesday 3rd May 2023 – Lucy Kemp-Welch: Painter of Horses

Wednesday 3rd May 2023

Lucy Kemp-Welch: Painter of Horses  

Lecturer – David Haycock

When Lucy Kemp-Welch’s painting Colt Hunting in the New Forest (now in the Tate Gallery) was first exhibited at the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition in 1897 it caused a sensation. The Times predicted that the artist would ‘very rapidly become our most successful and popular painter of horses,’ and perhaps the first female Royal Academician in over a century. This lecture will explore her life and work and will coincide with both a new biography (written by the lecturer) and two exhibitions (curated by him) to be held in Hampshire and East Anglia in 2023.

David Haycock read Modern History at the University of Oxford and has an MA in the History of Art and a PhD in British History. He is the author of a number of books, including Paul Nash (2002), A Crisis of Brilliance: Five Young British Artists and the Great War (2009) and Augustus John: Drawn from Life (2018). He has lectured widely at galleries and museums in the UK, including Tate Britain and the National Portrait Gallery. He was formerly Curator of Maritime History at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. He is now a freelance writer and lecturer.