Wednesday 7th October 2020 – Great Railway Stations: Evoking the Spirit of Romance and Adventure

Great Railway Stations: Evoking the Spirit of Romance and Adventure

La Gare Saint Lazare - Claude Monet

La Gare Saint Lazare
Claude Monet

Public domain image

Wednesday 7th October 2020

Ian Swankie

When we think of St Pancras International or New York Grand Central, we imagine long romantic journeys. They are special places promising excitement and adventure. But there are dozens of other glorious stations in the UK and abroad.

In this lecture we will take a journey around some of the most evocative and splendid of them, looking not only at the magnificence of the architecture and the brilliance of the engineering, but discovering numerous artworks within the stations and examining many depictions of stations in art. These include Claude Monet’s Gare St Lazare and William Powell Frith’s Paddington.

Ian Swankie is a Londoner with a passion for art and architecture. He is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Art Scholars, an official guide at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Guildhall Art Gallery and St Paul’s Cathedral, and an active freelance London guide.

This lecture will be streamed online on Wednesday 7th October 2020 at 11:00am. TAS RLS members will be invited by email to join the lecture.

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