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10 June 2019Chinese Takeaways.
13 May 2019The GPO Film Unit – the Birth of Documentary Films.
08 April 2019Through a glass darkly: a history of glass through the eyes of the artist.
11 March 2019The Empress Josephine and the Artists of her Time.
11 February 2019Turbulent times: Russian History as depicted by its 19th century realist painters.
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12 November 2018The Victorians and their Afterlife.
08 October 2018The Art of the Steal. Nazi looting during World War II.
09 July 2018James Whistler: “The gentle art of making enemies.”
11 June 2018The Magnificent Maya – Fact or Fantasy?
14 May 2018The Herbarium of Carl Linnaeus and the Linnean Society of London.
16 April 2018NB-DATE CHANGE - Foreigners in London – 1520-1677. The Artists that Changed the Course of British Art.
12 March 2018Shaken by an earthquake; Igor Stravinsky and the Ballets Russes.
12 February 2018Wabi and Sabi: the beauty of imperfection.
11 December 2017Io Saturnalia! Happy Christmas the Roman Way.
13 November 2017Healing Stitches: Therapeutic handicraft at the time of war.
09 October 2017George Cruikshank: the man who drew Oliver Twist.
10 July 2017Sir Stamford Raffles: Art Collector and Discoverer of Singapore.
12 June 2017Masquerades, Music Lessons and Monkeys.
08 May 2017Women behind the Lens: outstanding female photographers and their contribution to the art of photography.
10 April 2017Classical Gardens: a New Perspective.
13 March 2017Indians, Buffalo, Storms: The American West in 19th Century Art.
13 February 2017A marvel of Nature: Sofonisba Anguissola
12 December 2016Excess Baggage: The Journey of the Magi from St. Matthew to the Medici.
14 November 2016Treasures of the Turf
10 October 2016Frank Matcham’s Masterpieces: Theatre design and Architecture in Britain
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11 July 2016ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
13 June 2016Income and Inspiration: Financial secrets of the Masters
09 May 2016Mr Barry’s Great Work: Rebuilding the Houses of Parliament
11 April 2016Powder and Poison: Cosmetics, Beauty and the Art of Portraiture
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08 February 2016The Elgin Marbles
11 January 2016MEMBERS’ NEW YEAR LUNCHEON
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13 July 2015Annual General Meeting
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13 April 2015'Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Francis Hals: Art in the garden of God'
09 March 2015'The Art of Waterloo'.
09 February 2015'Who says ? Can we trust the experts on Good or Bad in Art ?
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13 October 2014Three Artists of the First World War

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Chinese Takeaways. Marilyn Elm Monday 10 June 2019

Oriental influences on English garden making can be traced from the Rococo period through to the present day. The emergence of Chinosierie, as initially evidence in ceramics, furniture and interior design, also found its place in the garden or landscape though the layout, plants and ornamentation. This talk considers this fashion, using Brighton Pavilion, Kew Gardens and many other examples as illustration, and touches on the wonderful plant introductions from the Far East, with special consideration to Camellia sinensis and the subsequent love of tea drinking, so much suited to elegant Georgian tastes. The talk also looks at how Chinese paintings and landscapes were absorbed into Japanese culture, and how by the twentieth century, we saw a developing interest in the culture of Japan expressed in the fashion for the Japonaise in many forms of arts including garden design. Western designers embraced, and took inspiration from the sensitive use of materials, and minimalistic expression of Japan’s temple and stroll gardens, and sought to emulate something of their spirit – a style still popular today.