22 October, 7.30pm
A lecture by Angela Weight, former Keeper of Art at the Imperial War Museum, and guest curator of From Shore to Sea: Paintings by Sir John Lavery, currently on display at the Historic Dockyard Chatham.
Sir John Lavery is best known today as a painter of society portraits and exotic landscapes. He was also one of the most prolific and hard-working official war artists of the First World War, yet this aspect of his career is relatively little known or appreciated. This talk will examine how Lavery’s choice of war subjects was influenced by his natural interest in modern life and current events.
When the First World War began, he quickly seized upon the new signs that the country was at war in paintings such as `The First Wounded at a London Hospital’. As an official war artist from July 1917, he took a roving brief to depict naval bases, shipyards, airfields and munitions factories in Scotland, the North East of England and the South Coast. His travels were often prompted by topical events, such as the arrival of a new airship at East Fortune, or the construction of a secret port in Kent. As one contemporary writer put it, Lavery drew out `the ground plan of the War, its base and structure – the Naval power, the intensity of mechanical production’, and, not least, the significant role that women played in this.
Date: 22 October
Time: Lecture begins at 7:30pm (Gallery open from 6.30pm)
Cost: £10.00 (Entry to ‘From Shore to Sea’ exhibition included)
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