Unfortunately, this course has been cancelled

Tuesdays for 8 weeks,
4 October – 29 November 2016 (Half term: 25 October)
18.30 – 20.30

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Unfortunately, this course has been cancelled

London has been the epicentre of England’s art world for almost as long as it has been the nation’s capital. During the early days of the Painter-Stainer’s Company, artists flocked to the city hoping to secure patronage from Royalty.  The 18th century saw the formation of art academies and schools and upwardly mobile artists like Reynolds and Kneller lived close to wealthy patrons in Covent Garden and Queen Anne Street. Auction houses and dealers had premises in London’s West End, and rural retreats like Hampstead and riverside areas like Chelsea became popular with landscape painters like Constable and Turner. By the end of the 19th century, London was home to thousands of artists, the richest living in grand, purpose-built studios. The 20th century witnessed the emergence of avant-garde groupings around Camden Town, Bloomsbury, and Soho, to be followed by the great exodus east to Whitechapel, Hoxton and Shoreditch. From Holbein to Hogarth to Hockney and Hirst, this course explores the history of these centres of creativity as well as the different ways in which artists have represented London and its people.

View of Lower Terrace,Hampstead; by John Constable, c.1822. Oil on canvas.

Course Leader: Jo Banham, Author, Curator and Lecturer

£350, £310 concessions

This course is now cancelled, we apologize for any inconvenience