Art on The Line
Study Day
Organized in conjuction with the Somerset House Trust Saturday 1 December 2001 10.00am - 5.00pm £30 (£25 Friends)

This is an opportunity to learn more about the Royal Academy exhibitions at Somerset House and the research that went into organizing Art on the Line. John Murdoch, Director of the Courtauld Gallery will speak about the architecture of Somerset House in relation to exhibiting paintings. Dr. David Solkin, Curator of the exhibition, will talk about the lessons learned from the research underlying the exhibition. Dr. Holgar Hoock of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, will chronicle the history of the Royal Academy. Giles Waterfield will describe the history of collecting in the 18th century. Tickets are available from Rhiannon Johns, tel. 020 7420 9406.

Work of the Week

Lunchtime talks take place every Tuesday at 1.15pm and focus on a work in the collections. During the exhibition a number of these talks will focus on works in Art on The Line. For further information tel. 020 7848 2549.

Print after Rowlandson and Pugin, Exhibition Room, Somerset House
Print after Rowlandson and Pugin, Exhibition Room, Somerset House, reproduced in Rudolph Ackermann (pub.) Microcosm of London, 1808, detail. Reproduced by kind permission of University of London Library.

Conference: Romanesque Architecture in Great Britain & Ireland

The publication of Eric Fernie’s landmark study, The Architecture of Norman England (Oxford 2000), has provided an enormous stimulus to research in the area. In recognition of this, a conference on Romanesque Architecture in Great Britain and Ireland, will be held at Caius College, Cambridge, 8th - 10th December 2001. Speakers from England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Canada and the United States, will present a total of 35 papers on aspects of ecclesiastical and secular architecture, sculpture and painting. For more information please contact Matthew Reeve: and Malcolm Thurlby:

Society of Architectural Historians Annual Lecture

Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain will hold their Annual lecture on 10 December at 6pm in the Kenneth Clarke Lecture Theatre. For more information, please apply to Richard Morrice, e-mail:

Medieval Colloquium

The 7th Annual Medieval Postgraduate Research Colloquium is being held on the 2 February 2002 at the Courtauld Institute of Art. This year’s theme is Luxury Objects and Sumptuous Decoration Postgraduates are invited to give papers on ornate works in any media, including: reliquaries, ivories, sculpture, textiles, manuscripts, stained glass, paintings, furnishings and architecture. The colloquium aims to encourage discussion of patronage, display culture, self-fashioning, conspicuous consumption, and reactions against ostentation.


Frank Davis Memorial Lectures
Autumn Term 2001

Tuesdays 5.30pm. These lectures are free. Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre
These lectures, in memory of Frank Davis are sponsored by the F.M. Kirby Foundation.

16 October — Lesley Miller, Senior Lecturer, Winchester School of Art
Silks for Princes, Palaces and Prelates: the production of Philippe de La Salle

23 October — Prof. Mary Sheriff, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Decorating Knowledge: the ornamental book, the philosophic image and the encyclopaedic enterprise in eighteenth-century France

6 November — Carolyn Sargentson, V & A Research Department
Secrecy and Security: the inner mechanisms of eighteenth-century furniture

20 November — Prof. Dena Goodman, University of Michigan
Desks &c.: furnishing the letter writer in eighteenth-century furniture

27 November — Prof. Marcia Pointon, University of Manchester
Pièces Automates as Metropolitan Entertainment, 1774-1794

4 December — Liliane Hilaire-Perez, Centre National des Arts et Métiers, Paris
Inventing in a World of Guilds: Philippe de La Salle and the silk industry in eighteenth-century Lyons

11 December — Rene Demoris, Université de Paris
Inside/Interiors: the politics of the family in eighteenth-century France (in novels and painting)

Art and patronage of Russia

Jointly organised by the Hermitage development Trust and the Friends of the Courtauld Institute
Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre. Tickets: £5 including a glass of wine
Book early as places are limited

Wednesday 5 December 2001 at 6.30 pm
Geoffrey Norris
Chief music critic of The Daily Telegraph, former researcher at the Institut Teatra, Muzyki i Kinematografii, St. Petersburg
Music at the Court of Catherine the Great
Catherine, though she regretted the fact that she had no ear for music, appreciated its cultural importance. During her reign she fostered a lively artistic climate in which music and opera had a key place.

Wednesday 23 January 2002 at 6.30 pm
Dr. Emma Barker
Lecturer, Art History at the Open University
Greuze and the Painting of Sentiment
Jean-Baptist Greuze’s moralising scenes of family life were some of the most widely admired paintings of the eighteenth century. This lecture will examine the development of Greuze’s imagery, considering the roles of drawings in his work as well as the cultural context that helps to account for his phenomenal success.


Royal Society of Literature

From members of the public a contribution of £5 (concessions £3) would be welcome. The meetings will begin at 7pm. Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Thursday 25 October — Selina Hastings
Rosamond Lehmann: Eternal Exile
Chair: Carmen Callil
Rosamond Lehmann (1901-1990) had a prodigious success with her novels, became one of the leading young members of the Bloomsbury group, was married twice and had a number of love affairs with distinguished men. So why, asks Selina Hastings, did she see herself always as excluded, unaccepted — in her own words, 'an eternal exile’? Selina Hastings is the author of two previous biographies, Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh. Her biography of Rosamond Lehmann will be published next summer.
The Royal Society of Literature would like to thank the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Telegraph for sponsoring this lecture.

Thursday 6 December — Philip Pullman
'What! No Soap?’
Chair: Kevin Crossley-Holland
Children’s literature, so-called, has never been a matter only for children, as Philip Pullman’s work amply illustrates. Greedily consumed by tens of thousands of teenagers, Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy also delights younger children and grown-ups. What, Pullman asks, have children’s and adult literature in common; what, if anything, makes them different and to whom does this difference matter?