E-News Bulletin, August 2018


The latest members’ mailing included a questionnaire. It would be very helpful if you could take a few minutes to complete and return it.


New Short Courses for 2018-19

Enrolment is now open for a range of short one- and two-term courses on the History of Art at Birkbeck. The courses are part of the Higher Certificate in the History of Art, but each module can be studied as a discrete unit. You will find more information in the Birkbeck section of our website by following this link: http://londonarthistorysociety.org.uk/birkbeck-department-of-history-of-art/



Pangolin London, until 11th August

Breon O’Casey: The World Beyond

The artist, a member of the St Ives School, turned to creating sculpture in his seventies. This exhibition is a retrospective of his sculpture, painting and jewellery.


ROYAL ACADEMY, until 19th August

https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/the-great-spectacle Running alongside this year’s Summer Exhibition is The Great Spectacle, a fascinating survey of the Summer Exhibition since its inception 250 years ago. It revisits important moments in the history of the Academy and its annual show, and includes many British artists from Constable to Cornelia Parker who have exhibited at the annual event.


ESTORICK COLLECTION, until 16th September

The Art of Campari

The exhibition traces the history of Campari’s pioneering approach to advertising its brand from the nineteenth century through to the 1960s. On display are original Belle Époque posters, revolutionary campaigns of the 1920s, packaging designs and objects such as glasses, bottles and other ephemera. Campari worked with many celebrated poster designers and artists to create works which epitomised the spirit of the times.


BRITISH MUSEUM, until 23rd September                        

Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson: Prints of War and Peace

This display in the Print Room commemorates the centenary of the artist’s gift of twenty-five of his prints to the museum in 1918. The works document his experiences during World War One in Northern France. Also on show are prints he created after the war when he visited New York, plus some of his later prints of Paris. The exhibition is free.



Painted Hall Ceiling Project

The conservation project will finish at the end of September and the scaffolding removed. Until then there is a unique opportunity to examine close up the ceiling designed by Sir James Thornhill early in the eighteenth century. There is a very interesting article on the conservation of the hall and its history in the Society’s Review 2018 which has just been distributed to all members – Sir James Thornhill’s Painted Hall in Greenwich revealed, by Anna Mason (pages 8 to 10). Tour bookings can be made online:


TATE MODERN, until 14th July 2019

Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 1919-1933

This is a rare opportunity to see works of German artists during the inter-war period not ordinarily on public display, plus some of Tate’s key works relevant to the period. Artists include Otto Dix, George Grosz, Albert Birkle and Jeanne Mammen. The exhibition is free.





Art and Power, starting 19th September, 6-7pm, Museum of London

The college has been providing lectures for many years across a broad spectrum of subjects, including history of art, which are free and open to all. There is a series of four lectures starting in September which may be of interest. Full details are available on their website: http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/prints_of_war_and_peace.aspx


OPEN HOUSE LONDON, 22nd-23rd September

The programme will be launched on 21st August. Many venues sell out quickly so you might like to book early. You can pre-order a copy of the guide here:



A list of major exhibitions showing in London in the first half of 2018 can be viewed on our website: http://londonarthistorysociety.org.uk/london-exhibitions-listings/

Do keep an eye open for events announced between bulletins in the News section on the Home page of our website: http://londonarthistorysociety.org.uk/  


Rae Richardson

Communications Coordinator