Chairman’s Report Autumn 2018
The question of our stocks of ‘Transactions’ was also discussed with Abbot Hall offering to look at the possibility of selling some in their shop.
The possibility of our members contributing to information about Romney and the portraits currently on display in the Romney Room was raised, and the Society agreed to come forward with worked-up ideas.
It was further agreed that we would seek to maintain close liaison with Abbot Hall, and Kerri Offord, Head of Curatorial, has agreed to join our committee.
The 2018-19 Lecture programme
An Investigation by Martin Orrom
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The Romney Society Lectures 2018-19
Dr Lucinda Lax, Senior Curator of 18th-century Collections in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, will speak on her recent authentication of a portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie - painted during ‘the '45’.
2- Friday 9 November 2018
Stella Grace Lyons MA, accredited Art History lecturer for The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS), will speak on ‘How the Boydell Gallery made Shakespeare into the new inspiration for English painters’, one of whom was Romney.
3- Friday 7 December 2018
Heather Carroll, tutor in the History of Art at Edinburgh University, will speak on ‘Romney's portrait of Jane, Duchess of Gordon’, the hated Tory rival to the Whig Duchess of Devonshire (see the film ‘Georgiana’ and the book by Amanda Foreman).
4- Friday 11 January 2019
Emily Knight, Assistant Curator of Paintings at the V&A Museum and candidate for an Oxford PhD, will speak on ‘Portraiture as Remembrance in 18th-century Britain’. Special reference will be made to Romney's portrait of Mrs Wilson of Abbot Hall, Kendal, and her daughter Sybill.
5- Friday 8 February 2019
Peter Osborne BA, historian, Artist and Head of School at Blackburn College of Art, is a leading expert on the great wood engraver Thomas Bewick. Peter will speak on ‘Bewick's Beliefs and Vignettes’.
6- Friday 8 March 2019
Dr Pieter van der Merwe, retired Curator of the Royal Maritime Museums, Greenwich, lectured to us on marine painting in 2015 and in 2017 showed us around the recently refurbished Queen's House in Greenwich. He will speak on ‘18th-century Naval Battles and Great Admirals’.
7- Friday 5 April 2019 AGM at 11am followed by:
Rupert Nicol RN, former lecturer at Greenwich Naval College and Events Officer at Garrick's Shakespeare Temple, will speak on ‘The German Romantic Painter Philip Otto Runge, 1777-1810’, from whose family Rupert descends. Runge was a friend of Goethe, of the painter Caspar David Friedrich, and also a pioneer investigator of the colour circle.