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17 October 2018Fanny Burney - her family and friends from diaries and letters and portraits of the day.
19 September 2018William Hogarth - a Harlot, a Rake and a Marriage
18 July 2018Nicholas Hawksmoor and the Glories of the English Baroque
20 June 2018Looking at Portraits - A very English Taste
16 May 2018Art in Paris 1850-1900 'The most decadent city in the world.'
18 April 2018Charles Dickens - the man and his life through his characters
21 March 2018Contemporary Artists - Antony Gormley and Anish Kapoor
17 January 2018The Russians are coming: Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes take Paris by Storm
15 November 2017From Boar’s Head to Bisto – Christmas Dinner through History
18 October 2017Pub Signs “Inn Signia : Artwork & Stories behind Peculiar Pub Names”
20 September 2017Animals and their Roles in Art
19 July 2017Fine Art Forgery: Craftmanship or Conjuring trick?
21 June 2017Hockney at 80 – Tate Britain 2017
17 May 2017History of Decorative Style: Baroque Masculinity & Drama
19 April 2017The Fascinating World of Playing Cards
15 March 2017The Punch & Judy Show
18 January 2017Children in Art
16 November 2016The Victorian Christmas
19 October 2016Travellers Among Mountains & Streams: Chinese Painting
21 September 2016Capability Brown (1716-1783) Tercentenery: Landscape, Art and Dame Nature
18 August 2016Power, Propaganda And Men in Tights
20 July 2016Discover the Paintings you own: Public Catalogue Foundation
15 June 2016Leonardo da Vinci - Anatomical Form with Function
18 May 2016Underground Cathedrals - Architecture Above and Below Street Level
20 April 2016Photography as Fine Art
16 March 2016The History of Decorative Style - Art Deco
17 February 2016AGM and Supper (Members only)
18 November 2015The Founders and Treasures of the Wallace Collection
21 October 2015Self Portraits and How Artists see Themselves and Their Families
16 September 2015Rubens - The Master and his Workshop
15 July 2015"By Jove" - Holkham Hall: An Allegorical Journey
17 June 2015Victorian India - Tea Garden of the World
20 May 2015Stories in Stained Glass
15 April 2015Flora and Fauna in Pottery and Porcelain
18 March 2015Star of Wonder - Star of Light
18 February 2015AGM and supper with talk by local historian Fiona Agassiz on St Mary's Church, Great Warley
21 January 2015Three Great Families and their Gardens
19 November 2014Caravaggio - A Rebel on the Run
22 October 2014Murder and Modernism: Walter Sickert and the Camden Town Group
17 September 2014Latest Trends in Contemporary Architecture
20 August 2014The City of Kyoto and the Cult of Beauty
16 July 2014Paul Nash - War Artists and WW1
18 June 2014'Your Country Needs You' - WW1 Art and Design
21 May 2014David Hockney's Mr & Mrs Clarke, Fashion and Lifestyle Icons of the '60s
16 April 2014George III - "The Most Cultured Monarch, Art Collector and Friend of America"
19 March 2014Life and Times of the Sundial: A perspective on Civilization’s most enduring Timekeeper
19 February 2014AGM and supper with talk by William Tyler on English/Scottish relations
15 January 2014Pugin and the Gothic Revival
20 November 2013Christmas in Covent Garden - 300 years of Christmas shows at one of London's greatest theatres
16 October 2013A View from the Plinth - A Review of Public Sculpture Today
18 September 2013Pevsner in Essex: Nikolaus Pevsner and the Buildings of England
21 August 2013From Phaeton to Phantoms - One Hundred Years of Coachbuilding
17 July 2013G F Watts and the Watts Gallery
19 June 2013Mexican Art and Culture - Past and Present
15 May 2013The Imperial Easter Eggs of Carl Fabergé - before the Revolution
17 April 2013Trompe L'Oeil - The Art of Illusion
20 March 2013Ocean Liner Art: Ships that Shaped our Lives 1800-1950
20 February 2013AGM and supper with talk by auctioneer Mark Stacey
16 January 2013An Artist on the Nile - The Legacy of David Roberts
21 November 2012Venice in 18th Century London – a Musical and Artistic Partnership
17 October 2012Two London Porcelain Factories : Chelsea and Bow – a Study in Contrasts
19 September 2012Augustus John and Gwen John
15 August 2012Reyntiens: Britain’s Leading Stained Glass Artist
18 July 2012“Are you sitting comfortably?” – The History of the Chair from Ancient to Modern Times
20 June 2012Life and Art of Marianne North: Victorian Botanical Artist (1830-1890)
16 May 2012The Destruction of the Monasteries: the Greatest Act of Artistic Vandalism in English History

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Fanny Burney - her family and friends from diaries and letters and portraits of the day. Karin Fernald Wednesday 17 October 2018

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 her lectures to vivid life. Karin illustrates them with slides of contemporary pictures and portraits from varied sources.

1752-1840 Diarist, novelist, playwright, lady-in-waiting to King George lll and Queen Charlotte, Fanny Burney, best known today for her diaries, was Jane Austen’s favourite novelist. Full of shrewd and illuminating comment, and of hilarious reported conversations, the diaries offer an entertaining and highly personal view of London life. Her first novel Evelina made its young authoress the toast of London, leading to her employment at the court of King George lll as an unwilling and somewhat inefficient lady-in-waiting. Later she married an émigré from revolutionary France, and lived with him happily in Surrey and then, more perilously, in Napoleon’s France. Her account of Brussels during the Battle of Waterloo was drawn upon by Thackeray for Vanity Fair. With paintings, portraits and caricatures by artists of the day, including Hogarth, Gainsborough, Zoffany, Reynolds and cousin Edward Burney.