• Fri
    10:30 amThe National Portrait Gallery

    We are delighted to offer members a talk at The National Portrait Gallery about Thomas Gainsborough’s career, from youth to maturity which tells the story of an 18th century provincial artist’s rise to metropolitan fame and fortune.

    Tickets cost £25 per person

    After the talk there is an opportunity to view the exhibition, featuring over 50 works, including some that have never been on public display in the UK before and offers a unique insight in the private life and motivations of one of Britain’s greatest artist.

    Gainsborough, King George III’s drawing master, was reported to have given Queen Charlotte drawing lessons, during the then fashionable rage for his eccentric style. She also owned a number of his landscape drawings.

    Gainsborough often visited his friend Joshua Kirby, who had been appointed Clerk of Works to George III, staying at no.25 Kew Green and chose to be buried in a modest tomb in St Anne’s churchyard.

    The National Portrait Gallery offers step-free access via the shop entrance on St Martin’s Place and a ramp at the Orange Street entrance. The lecture theatre is also wheelchair accessible. However, the nearest underground stations of Leicester Square and the Embankment do not have lifts.

    Click here to buy tickets online (with fees)

    Click here to download booking form to pay by cheque (no fees)

  • Wed
    7:00 pmThe National Archives

    Richmond Terrace engraving by JMW Turner, with permission of Turners House Trust

    We are delighted to invite Catherine Parry-Wingfield’s, Chair of Turners House Trust to give an  illustrated lecture which explores the lure of the Thames landscape around Kew, Richmond and Twickenham for JMW Turner, one of Britain’s greatest landscape painters.

    In the early years of the 19th century Turner rented houses on the river at Isleworth and Hammersmith, and in 1813 completed Sandycombe Lodge near Twickenham, built to his own designs as a retreat from the London art world.  Some of Turner’s most beautiful paintings, oils and watercolour, were painted during these years, as the artist drew inspiration from the changing river scenery which remains as fascinating today as it did 200 years ago.

    Catherine is an art historian, and was part of the project team working on the award-winning conservation of Turner’s House in 2016/17.  She is chairman of Turner’s House Trust.

    Tickets available on the door

    Members £3, non-members £6

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