image for Literary Event item typeCatherine Hewitt: Renoir’s Dancer at Coach House at Orleans House Gallery

Literary Event, Tue 21 Nov 2017




The author of the acclaimed The Mistress of Paris tells the story of Suzanne Valadon – a 19th-century French woman who succeeded in a male dominated world.

In the 1880s, Suzanne Valadon was considered the Impressionists’ most beautiful model. But behind her captivating façade lay a closely-guarded secret - the model was a talented artist herself. Some found her vibrant still lifes and frank portraits as shocking as her bohemian lifestyle, but friends Toulouse-Lautrec and Degas could see her skill. Rebellious and opinionated, she refused to be confined by tradition or gender, and in 1894, her work was accepted to the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, an extraordinary achievement for a working-class woman with no formal art training.

An opportunity to see the newly restored Grade I listed Gibbs Octagon Room - all proceeds from tonight’s event will go toward the Transforming Orleans House project.

If you plan to join the tour of the Octagon room please wear sensible footwear and meet in the Coach House at 6.30pm

Event details

Dates Times
Tue 21 Nov 2017 18:30
6.30pm for tour of Octagon Room,
7.15pm for talk





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Map reference: TQ 168734  Lat: 51.44793 Long: -0.31951

Rail: St Margarets (South West Trains)
Alternatively, you can catch a District Line train to Richmond and catch a South West Train to St Margaret's (1 stop)

Bus: 33, 490, H22, R68, R70 and 290. Alight at The Crown Pub/Lebanon Park

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from St Margarets station