Art History Mornings at the Beecroft Art Gallery with Dr M L Banting


Artists’ Colonies on the Coasts of Britain (1880-1910)

Girls Running, Walberswick Pier 1888-94 by Philip Wilson Steer 1860-1942

Philip Wilson Steer: Girls Running, Walberswick Pier (Tate Britain)


Saturday 28th January: Rough Seas in Newlyn (1880s)

Introducing our theme of artists working at the coasts of Britain in the 19th-century, we will start with a general survey of paintings that reflect the changing understandings of the coast and the seaside through the century. This parallels changes in art practice as we meet Walter Langley and Stanhope Forbes working in the fishing village of Newlyn in the 1880s.

Saturday 25th February: Heavy Weather in Staithes (1890s)

With the developing focus on realist portrayals of working life and an increasing interest in the representation of light, we move this month up the coast to colonies including Walberswick and Staithes, where life in the 1890s is one of harsh beauty. Here we meet Laura Knight at the start of her artistic journey from dark Dutch interiors to the seaside and sunlight.

Saturday 25th March: Sunny Days in Cornwall (1900s)

We enter the 20th-century bathed in sunlight as the influence of French Impressionism takes us back down to Cornwall. We are in holiday mood. Artists such as Lamorna Birch, Alfred Munnings and Laura Knight find themselves enraptured by clear air, warm sunshine and blue seas: children paddle, artists sketch and colours become golden bright.

Meetings will be held on Saturday mornings, 10.30am to 12.30pm in the Lecture Theatre on the ground floor of the Beecroft Gallery, Southend on Sea.

Tickets for each session cost £10 and include tea/coffee (biscuits!) and resource materials for independent research.

For further information and to enrol, please contact Mark Banting:



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Independent Researcher: gently exploring "The Art & Artists of Russia (1850s-present) currently, and please see the A History of Art in England series; looking forward to discussing "British Art Groups (1930s)" when we can have live group meetings again! Twitter: @TheCommonViewer

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