The finishing line at a horse race; ten portrait caricatures, including eight of famous jockeys. lithograph after L. Prosperi, 1888.

What’s on: future courses

Our courses are designed to give members a chance to explore a wide range of new or familiar topics in the fields of art and architecture, at a level to suit their own expertise. Courses consist of between five and ten weekly two-hour sessions, and are led by an acknowledged authority in the subject.

Courses are open to Society members only. Current fees are £90 for a five-week course, £108 for six weeks and £180 for ten weeks; it is not possible to pay for part of a course.

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European Art from 1600: the Early Modern Period

  • Tue 7 January - Tue 10 March 2020
  • Brockway Room, Conway Hall
  • Lecturer: Giulia Martina Weston

This course will focus on European painting of the Early Modern period, discussing its conception, patronage, and historical significance. A leading spiritual and political force, the Church of the Counter Reformation fostered a new reverence for the transcendent power of images, urging us to question the relationship between the visual arts, social change, and religious strife.

Members only

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Another six english medieval cathedrals in context

  • Wed 22 January - Wed 26 February 2020
  • Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church
  • Lecturer: John McNeill

This series of six lectures follows a similar short set of lectures in 2019 but is designed so that each lecture is self-sufficient. It will examine six English medieval cathedrals, and do so from the perspective of their origin, location and architectural character.

Members only

Places available

Personal Possessions of the Mughal Emperors and the Decorative Arts in Mughal India in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

  • Wed 4 March - Wed 1 April 2020
  • Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church
  • Lecturer: Dr Ursula Weekes

This course offers a detailed examination of these elite objects made at the Mughal court, with examples chosen, where possible, from objects on view in London collections. We shall examine the materials, techniques and aesthetic qualities of these deluxe objects and consider their functions, purposes and audiences in the context of Mughal Indian court culture.

Courses Coordinator

Jackie Leigh



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