10 October 2015 – Sir William Beechey

10 October 2015 - Sir William Beechey

“Sir William Beechey and the British Portrait”

Dr Jon Whiteley, a curator of Western European Art at the Ashmolean Museum.

Sir William Beechey was born in Burford in 1753 and became one of the most successful portrait painters of the early 19th century. He had the misfortune to have been a contemporary of Sir Thomas Lawrence whose fame has since eclipsed his own but his talent was considerable. The talk will look at Beechey’s relationship to the art world of his time. It will also celebrate the acquisition by the Oxfordshire Museum of Beechey’s portrait of Henry John North, Town Clerk in Woodstock for nearly 25 years.

21 October – Outing To Bath

21 October - Outing To Bath

We have arranged a visit to the city of Bath to see two of the museums there and hope you will join us.

The Holburne Museum contains some of the highlights of the collections of Sir William Holburne (1793 -1874). He had a long interest in art and in collecting bronze sculptures, silver, porcelain and Dutch landscapes. He left his collection to the people of Bath for all to enjoy and many items have been added since his death.

Claverton Manor is the only museum of American decorative and folk art outside the United States. It was founded to bring American history and culture to the people of Britain and Europe. Our visit coincides with two special exhibitions.

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07 November – Richard & Maria Cosway

07 November - Richard & Maria Cosway

“Richard and Maria Cosway “

Dr. Robert Edwards, a collector of portrait miniatures.

Two artists who achieved dramatic social mobility in the 18th century. Both had humble origins. While struggling with early onset dementia Richard became the most successful and influential painter of Portrait Miniatures in the years when they reached the peak of their popularity. Maria overcame the constraints of her gender to exhibit at the Royal Academy and also reached excellence as a musician, composer and champion of education for girls in three countries. Moving in high circles, she became a close friend of the Prince of Wales, Thomas Jefferson and even the family of Napoleon.