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PAST ARTICLES

Roberto Burle Marx

Tuesday 17th February 2015 Lecture

Article by Jeannette Hatcher on Marilyn Elm's lecture on "A Brazilian Odyssey: the Works of the Artist and Landscape Designer Roberto Burle Marx "

Printed in the Haslemere Herald 02/04/2015

" (Roberto Burle Marx) was born in 1909 in Sao Paulo, but the family moved to Rio de Janeiro in 1913 where, although the climate of Brazil was varied and even tropical in places, the trend in gardens for the wealthy emulated 19th century  European, particularly Portuguese. In the mind-set of the rich, the colonial baroque style and gardens with the stiff formality of parterres and clipped box, reflected status."

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Winter Landscape with Church by Caspar David Friedrich, 1811

Tuesday 9th December 2014 Lecture

Article by Jeannette Hatcher about the lecture by Dr Claire Walsh on
"The Christmas Tree: from Forest Fir to Festive Feature "

Printed in the Haslemere Herald in January 2015

" Dr Walsh, who has lectured at the Courtauld Institute of Art and the V&A and is currently a lecturer for the Open University, opened her talk by posing the questions: Is the Christmas tree a pagan or Christian symbol? What does it stand for? In her opinion its current meaning can be arrived at by studying its history."

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Golden Mermaid on Prince Frederick's Barge 1732

Tuesday 16th September 2014 Lecture

Article by Jeannette Hatcher about the lecture by Christopher Rogers on "William Kent the Artisitic Genius of Palladian England"

Printed in the Haslemere Herald on 10th October 2014

" William Kent (1685 –1748), a Palladian revivalist, was the leading architect and designer of early Georgian Britain. Born in Bridlington in Yorkshire, the son of a builder, his new design aesthetic was to help Britain define itself as a new nation. He originally made a good living as a limner, painting heraldic shields, but eventually went to Italy with William Talman, an architect, and studied in Rome."

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Belle Epoque posters

Tuesday 20th May 2014 Lecture

Article by Jeannette Hatcher about the lecture by Charles Harris entitled "Posters of the Belle Époque:
The Great Age of the Poster"

Printed in the Haslemere Herald

"The period known as the Belle Époque spans mostly the years from 1880 to 1890, finally ending with the approach of WWI in 1914. It was a time of great change and fresh thinking in both the art world and the world of commerce. As well as promoting places of entertainment, posters now fulfilled the need to promote new inventions such as the bicycle and the light bulb."

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Mural of Saint George, Mengistu Berhan Selassie Church, Gondar

Tuesday 18th February 2014 Lecture

Article by Jeannette Hatcher on Louis Schofield's lecture on Tales of a Mysterious Land: Landscapes, Legends and Archaeology of Ethiopia

Printed in the Haslemere Herald on 3rd April 2014

"Louise Schofield described how in 2006 after being ‘locked up in the British Museum for thirteen years’, as Curator of Greek Bronze Age and Geometric Antiquities, she decided to raise money for a project which was to take her to Ethiopia......It was an area where children worked herding cattle from the age of three and water had to be collected from at least 5 miles away. When she arrived, she was the first white person the locals had ever seen, a phenomenon she recalled with delight, which resulted in her being poked by a frightened old lady with a stick and being subjected to an attempt to have the ‘white’ washed off her face."

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Peggy Guggenheim with her dogs on the roof of her Venetian palazzo by David Seymour, 1950

Tuesday 21st JANUARY 2014 Lecture

Article by Jeannette Hatcher on Ms. Marina Vaizey's lecture on 20th CENTURY WOMEN COLLECTORS: LOUISINE HAVEMEYER TO PEGGY GUGGENHEIM

Have women collectors made a significant contribution?

Printed in the Haslemere Herald on 20th February 2014

"In answer then to the question ‘Have women collectors made a significant contribution?’ Marina Vaizey has no doubt. Going further than just supporting and encouraging new artists and opening galleries and museums to promote their art; by being daring in their support for the future they left for our enjoyment some of the finest art of the past. As she said at the end of her lecture, ‘These women have certainly left their mark’."

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Marie Taglioni

Tuesday 10th DECEMBER 2013 Lecture

Article by Jeannette Hatcher on a lecture by Miss Sarah Lenton

CHRISTMAS AT COVENT GARDEN: 300 YEARS OF CHRISTMAS SHOWS AT ONE OF LONDON'S GREATEST THEATRES

Printed in the Haslemere Herald early in 2014.

"Explaining that there have been three hundred years of Christmas shows at the theatres on this site, (Sarah Lenton) emphasised the strong sense of family that exists between all members of cast and crew and the importance to the theatre in the past and the present, of creating for Christmas the best ‘transformation scene’ in London."

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Cartes a rire

Tuesday 28th JUNE 2013 Lecture

Article by Jeannette Hatcher about the HDFAS EVENING EVENT AT HASLEMERE MUSEUM: Yasha Beresiner gave a lecture on THE FASCINATING WORLD OF PLAYING CARDS
The article appeared in the Haslemere Herald in July 2013.

"Since 1800, cards have been produced in which the basic details are enhanced in some way. In these so called ‘Transformation Cards’, clubs and hearts are absorbed into a wider, often themed, picture. As an extreme example of this, in France in 1818 a pack of cards was produced known as ‘Cartes à Rire’ which depicted four upside down hearts turned into little boy’s bottoms!"

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Marinne North, Botnical artist

Tuesday 16th APRIL 2013 Lecture

Article by Jeannette Hatcher on a lecture by Dr Twigs Way

THE LIFE AND ART OF MARIANNE NORTH: VICTORIAN BOTANICAL ARTIST

The article was printed in the Haslemere Herald in May 2013.

"But the scientific accuracy with which she documented the plant life of the places she visited was also her abiding legacy and in recognition of this and her determination to show her paintings to as wide an audience as possible, a gallery dedicated to her work was created in 1882 and is still open to visitors to the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew."

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