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Programme

Season 2019/20

18
September
2019

A carpet ride to Khiva, By Chris Alexander

Exploring the revival of 15th Century Timurid Carpet.

Designs from Persian illuminated manuscripts....

Antique Timurid Dynasty Rugs

The Timurid Dynasty, which controlled a region stretching from Central Asia to Eastern Turkey, was founded in the late...

23
October
2019

Riviera Paradise, By Mary Alexander

Art, Design and Pleasure in the 1920s

 

Since the 19thCentury English High Society has “wintered...

In the early 1920’s, however, an intoxicating mix of artists, writers, musicians and international visitors, inspired by a mythological seascape of...

20
November
2019

Cleopatra: Image and Reality, By Steve Kershaw

Cleopatra VII 'The shame of Egypt', the lascivious fury who was to become 'the bane of Rome' is one...

Cleopatra VII, ‘the shame of Egypt', the lascivious fury who was to become 'the bane of Rome’ (Lucan) is one of the most intriguing figures in...

22
January
2020

Developments in 19th Century Europe are bounded by two great events: the French Revolution and the founding of the national state of Germany. These...

19
February
2020

Miniature Adults? Images of Childhood in Western Art, By Dr. Sophie Oosterwijk

Recognising the (artistic and social) conventions behind such images (drawings, prints and...

In art history, before the end of the eighteenth century, the child as an independent subject matter hardly existed. The child usually appeared...

25
March
2020

The Amadeus Myth: Mozart and his World, Culture and Society in late Eighteenth Century in Vienna, By Sandy Burnett

Classical music reached a peak of perfection in Vienna during the last three decades of the 18th...

Classical music reached a peak of perfection in Vienna during the last three decades of the 18th century, an era in which every aristocratic household...

22
April
2020

Imperial Calcutta: Arts and Architecture, By Dr. John Stevens

Calcutta was the second city of the British Empire and a hub of cultural and artistic production...

Calcutta was second city of the British Empire and a hub of cultural and artistic production throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This...

26
May
2020

For members only

17
June
2020

AGM followed by Lecture at 7.30pm

Lancelot “Capability” Brown (1716 – 1783) Landscape, Art and Dame Nature, By Dr.Twigs Way

 

 

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...At sites such as Petworth, Blenheim, Stowe, Bowood, Luton Hoo and Croome Court, Brown used the land as his canvas. His naturalistic style gently...