E-News Bulletin February 2024

Our first lecture in 2024, Notre-Dame Cathedral de Paris: five years on will be given by Dr Alexandra Gajewski via Zoom on 12 February at 6pm. Booking is required. Online lectures will be recorded (subject to lecturer agreement) and available for one week after the event, as will all online events.

There are still places available on our next online study day, Picasso: prophet or profit led by Dr Jacqueline Cockburn on 13 February and on the online course, A Golden Age of British Portraiture? The Eighteenth Century led by Dr Prasannajit de Silva starting on 20 February.

New events organised during the summer term were announced recently and members are already booking which we really appreciate – it does help us to make sure that events are financially viable and can run as planned. Please do book anything that interests you as early as possible .

Two further events are being organised in July – a study day on Vuillard and Les Nabis led by Ben Street and a guided tour of Middle Temple. More details to follow.

Terms and Conditions for booking events
The Committee has updated the Society’s policy on cancellations.  Please note that refunds will not be given if members cancel event bookings. This is to ensure that the cost of events are fully covered and can run as advertised. The revised terms and conditions can be viewed here.

Non-members attending events
Our trial of opening events which are undersubscribed two weeks before the occasion to non-members to attend is continuing for a further six months. Members may inform non-members of Society events. It is hoped that attendance at events as a non-member will encourage attendees to join the Society. Guest attendance will involve contacting the organiser by email to express interest (go to our website, select an event, if the green places available sign is showing click the booking button, and then select the organiser’s name under Contact to access the email address). After a response arrangement of how to pay the fee will be provided. Guests may only attend one event during the trial period.


BEN URI GALLERY, until 8 March 2024
Uncharted Streets: photographers from the Hyman Collection
An exhibition of five photographers born outside the UK but central to the development of British photography over the last century.

DAVID ZWIRNER GALLERY, until 28 March 2024
Gerhard Richter
The show consists of a group of new works on paper as well as three of the artist’s abstract paintings executed before he began to concentrate of drawing and installation.

V&A, until 25 August 2024
Lucian Freud’s Etchings: a creative collaboration
A display featuring highlights from a collection of etchings most of which have never been exhibited before.


BIRKBECK, The Murray Seminars, 6 February 2024, 5-6.30pm
Faith, Race and the ‘Other’ in North Italian Sculpture, c. 1480-1700
The talk examines the flourishing of religious sculptural ensembles rendered in polychrome, terracotta and wood during the early modern period in northwest Italy and the inclusion of characters who were not part of European Christian society.

Free lectures during February
There are several interesting talks during February and beyond including dancing in the late Middle Ages, Venetian drawing, Gaugin in Polynesia and nineteenth-century fashion in Paris.

GUILDHALL LIBRARY, 19 February 2024, 2-3pm online
Keats and the Pre-Raphaelites
A talk exploring the influence of the painterly poetic vision of Keats and the Pre-Raphaelites.

GUILDHALL LIBRARY, 27 February 2024, 2-3pm online
White Harts and Coronets: Art at the court of King Richard II
Explore the monarch’s patronage of the arts, including the earliest surviving panel portrait, the crown of Princess Blanche as well as the Wilton Diptych.

Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse
If you missed the RA exhibition some years ago this is an opportunity to catch it on-screen. From paintings displayed in the exhibition to visits to artists’ gardens the film explores how Monet’s contemporaries cultivated gardens which gave rise to the modern garden.

As usual in February quite a few new exhibitions are starting including Frank Auerbach at The Courtauld, Sargent’s portraits and fashion at Tate Britain and Soulscapes an exhibition by artists of the African diaspora exploring what landscape  art means. You can access and download a listing of current and future exhibitions showing in London from now until July 2024 here.