Art History

Art History Group

The talks which form the basis of the Art History Group’s monthly meetings are given and illustrated by the members themselves with the occasional invited speaker. The subjects covered range far and wide and are not limited to fine art, that is, painting, but cover the history of crafts such as pottery, embroidery and much more. We try not to repeat a particular subject within a three to four year period and the following are the presentations which were presented last year.

  • Medieval Illustrations & Marginalia
  • Whistler & Plas Newydd
  • Art of the San People in S.Africa
  • George Romney and his Muse
  • Art Nouveau and Darmstadt
  • Edward Lear
  • Dame Laura Knight
  • Dragons

The Art of the San People was illustrated with the speaker’s own photographs;



Photographs courtesy of Sally Pawlik


While a more modern artist, Carl Whitfield, was presented by Rosemarie Heasman and one of his paintings is illustrated below.

Mountain Hare, oil, photograph courtesy of Rosemarie Heasman.

There are 15 members in the group at present and we would like to welcome others to join us from experts willing to share your knowledge with us to complete novices who would like to learn more. The meetings are run on a very informal basis (with access to power point facilities) if required, on the third Friday morning of the month in the Chiltern Room of the Village Centre staring at 10.30am. In July we organise an outing to somewhere with an art history connection and in January we have a New Year’s Lunch at a local pub.

 The relevant dates for meetings in 2017 are:

20 January.       Lunch                         The Fox and Hounds, Christmas Common
17 February.    Brenda Goffin                        Christopher Wood
17 March.        Ray Barnett                Self Portraits
21 April.          Janet Erskine              Celtic Art
19 May.           Judy Marr                   TBA
16 June.           Christine Barnett       Nikolai Astrup
21 July.             Outing                                  
18 August.        Gwyneth Gribbins     Mary Ann North
15 September.  Sîân Stevens              John Vettriano           
20 October.       Barbara Bigland        Winston Churchill
17 November.   Rosemarie Heasman Naive Art
15 December.   Ann Layton               TBA






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