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Octagon Room

Octagon Room

Lecture, from 16 Oct 2018


Orleans House Gallery



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Mon 29 Oct Art Club: Art Explorers 5-10 year olds
Tue 30 Oct English Portraiture


L1: Portrait of Henry VIII of England, Hans Holbein the Younger
In the first lecture of our English Portraiture series, we’ll explore Holbein’s outstanding techniques in portraiture. The lecture will take a closer look at the ‘Apelles of his Time’ and his powerful portraiture of Henry VIII.

L2: Lady Venetia Digby, Sir Anthony van Dyck
The sudden death of the beautiful Lady Venetia Digby in 1633 prompted her husband to commission a memorial portrait from their friend, the artist Anthony Van Dyck. He created a masterpiece of allegory or ‘poetry picture’ which you will learn more about in the second lecture of our English Portrait series.

L3: Mary Beale, Self Portrait
Mrs Mary Beale was a wife, mother, and one of the first professional portrait painters in England. She enjoyed a formidable reputation as a woman in a man dominated environment. Learn more about her and the challenges she faced during the third lecture in our English Portraiture series.

L4: Thomas Coram, William Hogarth
In the fourth lecture of our English Portraiture series, we explore the portrait of Captain Thomas Coram, a sea captain who established a hospital for homeless children. Hogarth captures the restless nature and the kindliness of the sea captain, creating a wonderful informal portrayal of his friend.

L5: Mr and Mrs Andrews, Thomas Gainsborough
The fifth lecture of our English Portraiture series explores the quintessential portrait of Englishness. Mr and Mrs Andrews are portrayed in the Suffolk fields that were united at the time of their marriage. An early example of a realistic portrayal of the English landscape by a young Thomas Gainsborough.

L6: The Monarch of the Glen, Sir Edwin Landseer
The portrait of a stag was an image painted by Queen Victoria’s favourite artist, Sir Edwin Landseer, to decorate the refreshement rooms of the House of Lords. Discover why Landseer was known for his people-like animal subjects and the references he made to the ‘human condition’. This is the sixth lecture in our English Portraiture series.

L7: Lady Agnew of Lochnaw, John Singer Sargent
In the seventh lecture of our English Portraiture series, discover the artworks of John Singer Sargent. A portrait painter with a French Impressionist style, who was very popular with society but got criticised at the end of his career by the new school of art.

L8:Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy, David Hockney
In the final lecture of our English Portraiture series, we take a closer look at David Hockney’s double portrait of his friends, Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwistle. The stylish interior includes objects with references to Art History and are cunningly used by Hockney to reflect the characters of the sitters.

Delivered by Art Historical London’s Hattie Bennet.

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Event details

Dates Times
Tue 30 Oct 2018 13:15 to 14:30
Tue 6 Nov 2018 13:15 to 14:30
Tue 13 Nov 2018 13:15 to 14:30
Tue 27 Nov 2018 13:15 to 14:30


Full price: £15
Richmond Card price: £13.50
(per Lecture)



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Train: St Margarets Station (slow South West Trains from Waterloo via Richmond). Alternatively, District Line to Richmond and train from there (1 stop).
Bus routes: 33, 490, H22, R68, R70 and 290 alighting at the Crown pub or Lebanon Park.
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