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04 July 2019Illustrating ‘Alice’ – Some views of Wonderland
06 June 2019A Kelmscott Chaucer for our times
02 May 2019Rubens & Breughel: a working friendship
04 April 2019Form & Fortune: fifty years of British Sculpture 1969-2018
07 March 2019Mad Men and Artists – how the advertising industry has exploited fine art
07 February 2019Discovering MacDonald Gill: architect, artist and mapmaker
06 December 2018Misshapen Pearl - an overview of the music of the Baroque Era
01 November 2018Dazzle: Disguise & Disruption in War & Art
04 October 2018AGM & The botanic gardens of London before Kew
05 July 2018British Gold
07 June 2018The art of the steal: Nazi Looting during World War II
03 May 2018Tamara de Lempicka: Mistress of Art Deco
05 April 2018Historic Graffiti – the hidden story of the hopes, fears and desires of a Nation
01 March 2018Form & Fortune: Fifty Years of British Sculpture 1968-2018 CANCELLED owing to the weather, rearranged for April 2019
01 February 2018AVM Curiosities: Food, Art & History
07 December 2017Christmas and other Festivals in Modern Mexico
02 November 2017SMALLHYTHE PLACE AND OTHER HIDDEN GEMS: THE INTIMATE JEWELS OF DAME ELLEN TERRY
05 October 2017AGM followed by Dale Chihuly - the World's Foremost Glass Artist
06 July 2017Knights of Heaven: Warrior Angels and Saints in Medieval and Renaissance Art
01 June 2017'Sweet Thames Run Softly': the Thames Through Artists' Eyes
04 May 2017Looking at Portraits: a Very Engilsh Taste
06 April 2017The Court of the Gonzagas in Mantua
02 March 2017Cleopatra, Myth & Reality
02 February 2017King George IV, the Greatest Royal Collector of Art
01 December 2016Celebration of 20th Anniversary of Amersham DFAS (Drinks served 7pm - 7.30pm, speeches start in the auditorium at 7.45pm) followed by The Secret World of Charles Dickens: Mirth, Marvels and the Mysterious

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Illustrating ‘Alice’ – Some views of Wonderland Elizabeth Merry Thursday 04 July 2019

Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland (published 1865) transformed children’s literature with its fantastic originality and brilliant use of nonsense. Since then it has never been out of print, has been translated into many languages and has spawned not only imitators but also a huge amount of analytical commentary. We start with the origins of the book and its first illustrators – the writer himself and then Sir John Tenniel. So iconic was the book that as soon as it came out of copyright a host of artists produced their own versions – including Arthur Rackham, Mabel Lucie Attwell and Charles Robinson (brother of Thomas Heath Robinson). Throughout the 20th century we see how illustrators reflect different aspects of the book as well as the preoccupations of their own times. We look further at some of the most interesting artistic portrayals including those by Willy Pogany, Mervyn Peake, Jonathan Miller, and Salvador Dali, and will end with one or two current interpretations.

 Elizabeth has over 25 years' experience lecturing on a range of subjects including classical art and architecture, aspects of the visual arts and the links between literature and art. She has lectured for the Universities of Bristol and Southampton Departments of Continuing Education, Royal Society of Arts, the Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy and the Brussels Brontë Societies, and many literary, historical and philosophical societies nationwide. Has also lectured on study tours throughout Europe and the UK, and also Australia and New Zealand.