Round and About: February 2002. (Frontline)
British History Unit Seminars
February 4th, 18th. 5.30pm
London School of Economics Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE Tel: 020 7955 7073
Janet Hunter (LSE) talks on `Britain and the Japanese Economy in the First World War' on the 4th, followed by Alan Booth (University of Essex) on the why `British Manufacturing did not fail in the Golden Age' in this month's seminars held at Connaught House, Aldwych, London WC2.
February 6th to April 14th
Dulwich Picture Gallery Gallery Road, London SE21 7AD Tel: 020 8693 5254 www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
The eccentric collector William Beckford (1760-1844) was known as `England's wealthiest son'. He filled his magnificent Gothic extravaganza, Fonthill Abbey, with the most exceptional art treasures spanning many periods and styles, from medieval, to Oriental and the Renaissance. Following a scandal involving another man, Beckford left England and spent a decade on the Continent, only to return and become a recluse. His life and significance as a collector are the subject of this major exhibition at Dulwich.
London Furniture: Study Day
February 16th, 10.30-4.30
The Geffrye Museum Kingsland Road London E2 SEA Tel: 020 7739 9893 www.geffrye-museum.org.uk
London in the late-17th and early-18th centuries was a mecca for skilled European and English craftsmen as well as a hub of international trade. The rising prosperity of London's merchants and professionals created a market for new styles and innovations in consumer goods, not least in furniture. The latest research and opinions on the furniture of this period will be discussed here by curators and experts.
Seeing Things: Photographing Objects, 1840-2001
February 20th to August 31st
The V&A Museum Cromwell Road London SW7 2RL Tel: 020 7942 2000 www.vam.ac.uk
Famous and lesser known photographs explore the range of ways photographers have used -- and still use -- objects to compose memorable images whether in terms of documentary, fine art, advertising or portraiture. The exhibition features many works by the great practitioners of the medium, such as Henry Talbot, Man Ray, Henri Cartier-Bresson as well as lesser known photographers of today.
American Sublime: Landscape Painting in the US 1820-80
February 21st to May 19th
Tate Britain Millbank LondonSW1P 4RG Tel:020 7887 8000 www.tate.org.uk
Little appreciated in Britain as a genre since the 19th century, this body of dramatic, large-scale paintings was inspired by the splendour and variation of the newly conquered American landscape, as well as by the European Romantic movement.
Earl of Essex Conference
February 23rd, 9.30am-5pm
New Armouries Tower of London London EC3N 4AB Tickets from Alison Head on 020 8781 9780
This one-day conference, open to the public, explores the rise and fall of the Earl of Essex, and complements the current exhibition, `"This Popular Traitor": the Execution of the Earl of Essex' in the White Tower (conference tickets also include admission to this). Dr Ian Archer, Sir Roy Strong and Dr Susan Brigden are among the experts who will address the conference, looking at Essex in relation to literature, art and music, as well as in a political and social context.
Sex Observed: the Venetian Ambassadors and the Six Wives of Henry VIII
February 26th, 7pm
Royal Geographical Society 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR Telephone 020 7636 6138 for ticket information
David Starkey delivers this lecture on the marital history of Henry VIII as seen through the eyes of the Venetian visitors to the Tudor court. …