- Ten lectures a year
- Special Interest Days
- NADFAS Review, a magazine printed quarterly
- Church Recording at St Mary Magdalene, Littleton, Shepperton
- A Young Arts project each year
- Heritage Volunteers
The Lecture Programme for 2006
Lectures are held at Hersham Village Hall on Queens Road
by Hersham Green on Thursday afternoons at 2.30pm.
Next years programme.
January 12th - Jo Walton
Dust & Ashes: The Beauty
of Venice from Casanova to Cavour
After her triumph as a
great Renaissance power Venice fell into a long and slow
decline. She became, by degrees, the world’s playground; her
reputation as a centre for music, gambling, luxury and sex
growing ever greater. Yet, in the midst of decay she
produced magnificent Baroque palaces, superb paintings and
wonderful decorative arts.
M. W. Turner (1775-1851)
Canal, Venice, 1835
February 9th - Anne Anderson
Art Nouveau: Art & Design 1900
Anne, whose mother Mrs Joy Hoole is a member
of our society, will illustrate work in Brussels, Paris, Vienna
and Glasgow around 1900 when Art Nouveau was at its apogee. She
will talk about Mucha, Lalique, Guimard, Horta, Gallé,
Mackintosh, the Glasgow Boys and the Glasgow Girls. It promises
to be a fascinating lecture.
Hector Guimard (1867-1942)
Paris Metro entrance
March 9th - Digby Hague-Holmes
Tchaikovsky: Three Ladies of Influence
After his outstanding lecture on Elgar
last year, Digby is back to talk to us on Tchaikovsky and his
relationships with three ladies. He will again use slides and
taped music to illustrate this intriguing lecture.
Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
April 13th - Hilary Williams
Wren’s City Churches
Hilary will talk to us on Wren’s city
churches, which will provide a great background to the
walk later in that month.
Christopher Wren (1632-1723)
St Mary le Bow, 1670-80
May 11th -
Paul Cézanne & his World
This is the centenary year of the death of
Paul Cézanne. This lecture will provide an exciting opportunity
to explore new insights into his development, his relationship
with other artists and his role as the so-called ‘Father of
Paul Cézanne (1839-1906)
June 8th - Mark Corby
Medieval Paris & London: A Comparison of Style & Splendour
This lecture will compare the lifestyles in medieval Paris
and London showing the differences in style and splendour in
this frenetic and interesting period of history.
view of London from a manuscript of the poems of Charles, Duke
of Orléans (1394–1465).
The principal building is the White
Tower in the Tower of London. Charles of Orléans was taken
prisoner at the Battle of Agincourt and spent 25 years in
(Text © tiscali
reference, Image © The Art Archive/British Museum/Harper Collins
July 13th - Paul Roberts
The Roman Art of Eating & Drinking
This talk will offer a fascinating and entertaining
introduction to all aspects of the Roman table. The Romans
placed the act of eating and the ceremonies surrounding it at
the centre of their life. We will look at beautiful objects
together with evidence from archaeological sites to see how the
Romans obtained, prepared and consumed their food together with
original recipes from the days of the Roman Empire.
Romans of the Decadence, 1847
September 14th - Elizabeth Rumbelow
Three Romantics: Chopin, Delacroix & George Sand
Elizabeth lives locally in Oxshott. In this
lecture she will follow the separate and intertwined lives of
three leading exponents of the Romantic Movement, Chopin,
Delacroix and George Sand and also explore their individual art.
She will look at the paintings of Delacroix with their
brilliance of colour and highly dramatic effects, discuss the
music of Chopin with its phenomenal emotional range, and comment
on George Sand’s amazing output of novels, plays and other
writings. This lecture is a tale of three Romantics, two of whom
were geniuses and one an extraordinary woman.
Liberty Leading the People, 1830
October 12th - AGM followed by
Visions of Paradise: Architecture of Decorative Art in the
This lecture is an introduction to the arts and architecture
of the Islamic world, ranging in time from the early days of
Islam in the 7th century AD to the 15th century, and
geographically through Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Andalucia, Iran and
Central Asia. The arts are principally decorative, to be seen
not only on buildings but also on ceramics, metalwork, ivories
and illustrated manuscripts. This is a supremely colourful world
which is of increasing significance today.
Built in the 1300s
November 9th - Rebecca Drew
Rembrandt the Rebel: his Life, his Times, his Tragedy
Alone among the famous artists of the 17th century, Rembrandt
did not go to Rome. He stayed in Amsterdam always vying with his
great contemporary Rubens to be a ‘history’ painter. To earn his
living he specialized in portraiture. He constantly rebelled, by
using contemporary models, by his use of paint and more
generally against the Dutch Calvinistic, religious and social
mores. He died, aged 63, penniless having outlived his wife, his
lover and his son but still defiant.
We are here to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of Rembrandt’s
birth. He was born at Leiden on the River Rhine, the son of a
miller. Rembrandts’ Europe was war torn — Civil War in England
and the beginning of the break up of the Hapsburg Spanish
Empire. Nowhere was the political situation more keenly felt
than in the Netherlands. By 1606 the Dutch had been at war with
the Spanish for 40 years and it was to continue for another 40
The final victory of the Dutch produced a climate of renewal in
art and cultural matters. By this time the Dutch were the most
powerful seafaring nation in Europe. They had sailed up the
River Hudson and founded New Amsterdam, the present New York.
The Dutch East India Company was famous all over the world. The
Dutch wanted Rembrandt to be the Rubens of Amsterdam. But he was
never the urbane and cultivated ambassador with royal European
patronage as was Rubens. Lacking the European clientele of
Rubens, he painted more self- portraits than any other artist in
the history of art.
It can be argued that Rembrandt was the greater artist who had
the more profound effect on art over succeeding centuries. He
was the inspiration for Van Gogh, Munch and Picasso. His first
rebellion was against his own art world. He broke tradition by
using contemporary models and inventing unfathomable brush
strokes using the wooden end of his brush and even his fingers.
He rebelled too against Dutch Calvinistic and social mores. He
lived with his mistress after his wife died in 1642 and was
Shakespeare changed literature and poetry and theatre for ever.
Caravaggio changed art forever and Rembrandt was in every way
Caravaggio’s acolyte. These three democratised representation by
putting ordinary people into extraordinary events. Caravaggio
killed a man in 1606 at the age of 35. In the remaining four
years of his life when he was on the run, he produced his most
innovative and spectacular works. Rembrandt painted the
Nightwatch — his masterpiece thirty years later at the age of
36. His greatest triumph also marked the beginning of his social
downfall and the beginning of his most fruitful and innovative
He died in 1669 age 63, bankrupt and a social outcast like
Caravaggio and both were buried in unknown graves.
“Rembrandt.” by Benedikt Taschen. Taschen
“Rembrandt.” by Christopher White. World of Art
“Rembrandt: Substance and Shadow” by Pascal Bonafoux. New
“Rembrandt’s Portrait: A Biography.” by Charles L. Mee Jr.
Published by Simon and Schuster
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606–1669)