APRIL UPDATE

14th april : DR JOHNSON AND HESTER THRALE, BLUE-STOCKING AND WIT — WITH CARICATURES OF THE DAY

On 14th April we will welcome Karin Ferdinand. Karin is known for her entertaining lectures on writers and diarists connected with the arts from the mid-18th to 19th century, and moving forward in time with Virginia Woolf. Extensive research into diaries and letters bring lectures to vivid life. Karin illustrates them with slides of contemporary pictures and portraits from varied sources.

In 1765, Samuel Johnson, aged 56, ill, lonely, living off Fleet Street among quarrelling dependents, was introduced to a wealthy brewer, Henry Thrale, and his witty and talented young Welsh-born wife, Hester. Their friendship would last 18 years, providing Johnson with hospitality and comfort. To Hester it brought the great stimulus of Johnson’s views on literature and life. She responded with plenty of her own. When Thrale died and Hester remarried to an Italian musician, Gabriel Piozzi, London society never forgave her. Nor did Johnson, telling Fanny Burnley “when I meet with one of her letters, I burn it. ”Nonetheless, Hester would lead a spirited and literary life in North Wales and Bath as “The Scandalous Mrs Piozzi”. With paintings, portraits and caricatures by Hogarth, Rowlandson, Reynolds, Richard Wilson, Francis Hayman and George Moreland.

21ST APRIL : SPECIAL INTEREST EVENT : CHINESE FORMAL & INFORMAL COURT COSTUME “A JOURNEY THROUGH & BEYOND THE IMPERIAL WARDROBE

On 21st April we will be holding a Special Interest Event (2 one hour lectures – 10.00 for 10.30) at the Riverhouse Barn. David Rosier will take us through Chinese Formal and Informal Court Costume (1644-1911). Tickets (£28) are available from Alison Lornie (01932 845372 or 07763 057728) and include coffee and biscuits.

The following invitation has been received from The Arts Society Richmond:

Please would you support our fundraising study morning on Zoom and YouTube on Tuesday 12th April at 10.30am, tickets £25. All proceeds will be donated to the British Red Cross, Ukraine Crisis Appeal. The speaker is Arts Society lecturer Dr Kathy McLaughlan. Please forward this email to all your friends and, if you are on an Arts Society committee, please forward it to all your members.

The study morning is an introduction to the 19th century Ukrainian artist Ilya Repin and the landscape paintings of Ukrainian artist Arkhip Kuindzhi, Russian artist Ivan Shishkin and Lithuanian artist Isaac Levitan.

Get your ticket at https://tixoom.app/richmond/adzsdcpe. The Zoom and YouTube links will be emailed to you automatically. If we exceed our Zoom limit, you can always use the YouTube link because YouTube has no maximum numbers. The study morning will not be recorded.

10.30-11.30am. Lecture 1: Ilya Repin (1844-1930 born Chuhiv, Kharkiv province in modern day Ukraine). An introduction to this prolific and astounding realist painter, famous for his portraits and his genre and historical paintings.

11.30-12 Break

12-1pm. Lecture 2: An introduction to the stunning, thought provoking and awe-inspiring landscapes of Arkhip Kuindzhi (1841-1910 born in Mariopol in modern day Ukraine), Ivan Shishkin (1832-1898 born in Yelabuga, Russia), and Isaac Levitan (1860-1900 born in Kibarty in modern day Lithuania)

We are indebted to Kathy for giving her time free, to Arts Society Richmond member Jane Harrison for organising the study morning, and to Tixoom for waiving their fees.

Please buy your ticket now and support Ukraine, and please forward this email to everyone.

Thank you so much.

Richard Lebus, The Arts Society Richmond,

Tel: 020 8892 9696, Mobile: 07989 737582

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