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‘Something for Everyone’?

'Something for Everyone'?
At this month’s meeting Linda Smith gave us a fascinating insight into ‘20th Century Sculpture’. From unmade beds at one end of the spectrum to large lumps of marble at the other, she traced how development such as Cubism, Primitivism, Surrealism and Pop Art affected sculpture. Linda began by looking at Rodin’s monumental carved sculpture, ‘The Kiss’. Although completed in 1882, the lovers are not ...
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Visit to Highclere Castle and Sandham Memorial Chapel

Visit to Highclere Castle and Sandham Memorial Chapel
A day of low cloud and drizzle did not deter 53 members from enjoying our outing to Highclere Castle, near Newbury, and Sandham Memorial Chapel. More photos from the visit can be seen here though outside only as no interior photography is allowed at either venue. Well-known from the TV series Downton Abbey, but actually home to the Earl of Carnarvon, there was much to ...
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Visit to Two Temple Place and the Courtauld Gallery

Visit to Two Temple Place and the Courtauld Gallery
More than 40 of us were fortunate to have a sunny if cold day for our trip to London, with good journeys both ways and some lovely views over the Thames in central London. We spent the morning at Two Temple Place, a little known late Victorian mansion overlooking the Victoria Embankment. It was commissioned in the 1890s by William Waldorf Astor, then perhaps the ...
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Who was Tutankhamun?

Who was Tutankhamun?
In this month’s captivating lecture, Anthony Russell revealed so much of what has been discovered about Tutankhamun while exemplifying the problems faced when trying to interpret the past. By the time he became Pharaoh in 1333BC, Egypt had been a great power for more than a 1000 years. The River Nile gave fertile land and was easily navigable in both directions, facilitating trade, especially in ...
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Gustav Klimt – Lecture Report

Gustav Klimt - Lecture Report
Frequently our lectures give an invaluable background to forthcoming visits. This was certainly true for our first meeting of 2018 when Ann Clements gave us a brilliant exploration of the range of Klimt’s work and the evolution of his style. Born in July 1862 into a relatively poor family, at 14 he went to the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts where the emphasis was ...
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The Arts Society Grayshott Christmas Lunch – 12th December 2017 – Telegrams, Murder, and Literary Intrigue

The Arts Society Grayshott Christmas Lunch - 12th December 2017 - Telegrams, Murder, and Literary Intrigue
Following the success of last year’s Christmas lunch at Waverley Abbey House, The Arts Society Grayshott repeated the event this December. If the audible buzz of appreciation was anything to go by then this year’s lunch was even more enjoyable. For those of you who missed the occasion, Waverley Abbey House is a Georgian house boasting stunning architecture with natural light, views across  to the Waverley ...
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‘Oh Yes It Is’ – December 2017 – Lecture Report

'Oh Yes It Is' - December 2017 - Lecture Report
There were no prizes for guessing the focus of this month’s festive lecture! Jane Tapley revealed the fascinating story of how Pantomime developed out of its Greek origins to become the peculiarly British institution of today. She highlighted the crucial role pantomime plays in keeping local theatres open and asked to what other entertainment could you take both a 95 year old and a 5 ...
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The Venetian ‘Il Furioso’ – November 2017 – Lecture Report

The Venetian 'Il Furioso' - November 2017 - Lecture Report
Before this month’s meeting, many of us thought of Titian as Venice’s great Renaissance painter but, the revelatory insight into the work of Tintoretto, by Sian Walters, suggested a contender. One of twenty-one children, 2018 will be the 500th anniversary of his birth. Seeing his son’s paintings on the walls of his home, his father, a silk-dyer, thought he might become a pupil at Titian’s ...
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Tour to Bologna : 9th-14th October 2017

Tour to Bologna : 9th-14th October 2017
Based in Bologna for five nights, we had a most enjoyable tour, taking in Bologna, Ferrara, Ravenna, Parma and Mantua.  Few of us had been to this region of Italy before and yet it is home to towns and cities with mediaeval hearts that are a delight to stroll round and which house some really marvellous works of art; all without being overrun by tourists, ...
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Visit to The Palace of Westminster and The Supreme Court – 29th September 2017

Visit to The Palace of Westminster and The Supreme Court - 29th September 2017
Undeterred by a wet start to the day, 46 members and guests turned out for our visit to The Seats of Power - the Palace of Westminster, incorporating the Houses of Parliament, and the Supreme Court, appropriately facing each other on either side of Parliament Square. The traffic gods favoured us for once and our coach got us to London in record time. Dividing into ...
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Lecture: ‘Pissarro and His Artistic Family in London and Grayshott’ – 7th September 2017

Lecture: 'Pissarro and His Artistic Family in London and Grayshott' - 7th September 2017
French Impressionist Painters in England At our first meeting after the summer break, Nicholas Reed gave, what for many of us, was a revelatory insight into the work of Camille Pissarro and his children. Indeed seventeen artists, over three generations, were descended from him. Nicholas began by explaining the events that brought Camille to England in 1870. Having been born in St Thomas in the ...
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Visit to Munstead Wood – 19th July 2017

Visit to Munstead Wood - 19th July 2017
As a follow up to April’s talk on Gertrude Jekyll and Edwin Lutyens, we arranged a visit to see the gardens at Gertude Jekyll’s home near Godalming – Munstead Wood. This was one of the first of over 100 collaborations by what became the famous partnership of Jekyll and Lutyens.  The gardens in fact pre-date the house by some 13 years.  In 1883 Jekyll was ...
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