Lecture by Nigel Daly – ‘The Secret Life and Loves of Robert Bateman’ July 11

Venue: Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham – Lecture starts at 11.00 a.m.
Nigel Daly’s lecture looks at how he found out about Robert Bateman, through his work restoring his former home, Biddulph Old Hall. After finding that little was known about Bateman, he decided to follow the trail through his paintings. Bateman’s story is almost lost except for the roughest outlines, but he used his paintings as an autobiographical codebook to describe the loves and losses of his life, displaying them in plain sight, leaving a careful trail for future generations to follow. We have decoded his paintings and pieced together a fascinating and compelling narrative of Bateman’s life, and placed him back at the centre of his group of second generation Pre‑Raphaelite artists who exhibited at the Dudley and Grosvenor galleries. This talk is illustrated with images from his homes, his art and his sculpture to deliver a rounded picture of a talented but overlooked artist, who, with his wife are amongst the great romantic figures of the 19th century.

Nigel Daly trained as an actor at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before moving on to write scripts for film, TV and radio. He formed an Architectural Design practice in 1985, specialising in the restoration of period properties, their interiors and gardens. He won the Grand Designs Restoration Award for his work on Bletchley Manor in Shropshire in 2008. He has written for, and been featured in House and Garden, Homes and Gardens, Period House and Country Living magazines. He and his partner Brian Vowles have been described by Janet Street‑Porter as The Super‑Heroes of the Restoration World. They are currently restoring Robert Bateman’s old home, Biddulph Old Hall in Staffordshire.

For further details relating to the event mentioned above please email info@Pre‑Raphaelitesociety.org.

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