Art History

Art History Group

The illustrated talks which form the basis of the Art History Group’s monthly meetings are given 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 and sculpture, 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 made last year:

  • Christopher Wood
  • Self Portraits
  • Celtic Art
  • Hokusai
  • Nikolai Astrup
  • Mary Ann North
  • John Vettriano
  • Winston Churchill
  • Epstein
  • Rosa Bonheur

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.

A beggar at assissi

A Beggar at Assissi. Etching by Sir Frank Brangwyn. (photograph EPW)

There are 19 members in the group at present and we would like to welcome others to join us whether you are an expert willing to share your knowledge with us or a complete novice who would like to learn more.
The meetings are run on a very informal basis (with access to a laptop and power point) on the third Friday morning of the month in the Chiltern Room of the Village Centre starting 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, presenters and subjects for meetings in 2018 are:

19 January New Year Lunch The Peacock, Henton
16 February Elan Preston –Whyte Sir Frank Brangwyn
16 March Members Choice Chair: Judy Keen.
20 April Ray Barnett......... "An American Artist “
18 May Rosemarie Heasman The Shakers
15 June Janet Erskine Henry Moore
20 July Outing (venue to be decided, TBD)
17 August Judy Keen. T.B.D.
21 September Sally Pawlik (Guest Speaker_ – Illustrations of Persian Art
19 October - Frances Wells. T.B.D.
16 November Dorothea Dunn Modigliani
21 December Sian Stevens The French Riviera


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