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January 2020

Barry Williamson – An Episode of The Grand Tour, or Losing Your Shopping

5th January 2020 at 7:30 pm
Upper Room, Wallington Hall, Church Street
Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN United Kingdom
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£3 – £5

In 1779 the Westmorland set sail from Livorno for London, laden with the crates of works of art bought by English aristocrats and gentry on the Grand Tour. It never reached England. The ship was captured by French warships off the coast of southern Spain and escorted to the port of Malaga. The Spanish King declared the cargo a "spoil of war" and all the items were absorbed into Spanish collections. But there was a secret box on board. It…

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February 2020

Steven Girling – The Modern Portrait as Icon

2nd February 2020 at 7:30 pm
Upper Room, Wallington Hall, Church Street
Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN United Kingdom
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£3 – £5

Revd Stephen Girling, Missioner at Bath Abbey, will be drawing on his Masters research to talk about the aspiration of Vincent Van Gogh to paint portraits which are able to penetrate through to a person's soul and into another eternal dimension.  Stephen will pose the question to what extent Van Gogh’s portraits, and more specifically, this image of La Berceuse, equate to the powerful effect that religious icons had on the early Christians. In van Gogh’s own words - ‘I would like…

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March 2020

Sarah Latham Phillips – British Art of the First World War

1st March 2020 at 7:30 pm
Upper Room, Wallington Hall, Church Street
Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN United Kingdom
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£3 – £5

This well-illustrated lecture, the second of two, will identify some of Britain’s greatest and innovative 20th century artists from the Slade School of Art who embraced modernity and new ideas from Europe. First World War artists like Paul Nash and Stanley Spencer will be placed in their historical and biographical context. Sarah will reflect on their involvement with the art of the First World War and how they made a considerable impact on the British Art world of the twentieth…

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