Events at The Wallace Collection

The Art Fund sponsors a series of lectures at The Wallace Collection here in London every season, and this Spring’s series is called Artists’ Biographies. Angela Thirlwell is giving a lecture on Ford Madox Brown on Thursday, 13 May 2010 at 2:30pm at The Wallace Collection and we are encouraging any societies or individuals with an interest in the topic to attend the lecture if possible. Tickets are £10 each and can be purchased by calling 0844 415 4151 Monday-Friday, 9am to 5:30pm, or generally can be purchased at the door.

A brief synopsis of the lecture can be found in The Art Fund’s Art Quarterly magazine this month, and is printed below:

Is writing the life of an artist fundamentally different from writing about poets or politicians, kings or composers?Trawling archives, scouring letters, diaries and laundry lists, the biographer of an aritst has one crucial extra resource-the pictures themselves. Ford Madox Brown was one of the most brilliant members of the Pre-Raphaelite circle, although he was never officially a member of the Brotherhood. Exploring his pictures in the light of key relationships in his life, with his two wives, Elisabeth and Emma, and his two secret loves, Marie and Mathilde, will unlock his intense inner life.

Likewise, below is an entire list of the lectures in this series should anyone be interested in details or in attending:

Thursday 15 April, 2:30pm
The Private Lives of the Impressionists by Sue Roe

Thursday 22 April, 2:30pm
Preaching to the Unconverted, by Kevin Jackson (biography of John Ruskin)

Thursday 6 May, 2:30pm
The Lost Portrait of Mary Seacole and its Forgotten Painter by Helen Rappaport

Thursday 13 May 2:30pm
Ford Madox Brown: Hands on Pre-Raphaelite Biography by Angela Thirwell

Thursday 20 May 2:30pm
Constable by Martin Gayford

Thursday 10 June 2:30pm
Titian by Mark Hudson

The Wallace Collection
Hertford House, Manchester Square,
London W1U 3BN


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