The Words & Pictures Book Club (June 2018): “The Moon and Sixpence”

The Words & Pictures Book Club

“The Moon and Sixpence” by William Somerset Maugham

Monday 18th June 2018, 2-4pm

Gleneagles Tea Rooms

Join us for the Words & Pictures book club where we will be reading and discussing novels in which visual art and artists are relevant to the narrative.

At our June meeting we’ll look at Maugham’s “The Moon and Sixpence”

– the fictionalised biography of Paul Gauguin.

William Somerset Maugham [(1919); 1999] is published by Vintage Books.

Image: Paul Gauguin’s “Three Tahitians” (1899; National Galleries of Scotland; c/o

Words & Pictures meets monthly 2-4pm in the glorious surrounds of the Gleneagles Tea Rooms – where there is tea and cake a-plenty!

Gleneagles Tea Rooms

All welcome but please email me to reserve your place:

Gleneagles Guesthouse 5-6 Clifftown Parade Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 1DP

Art History Mornings at The Beecroft Gallery (30th June 2018): The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

Art History Mornings at The Beecroft Gallery

Saturday 30th June, 10.30am-12.30pm

with Dr ML Banting

The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

In 1848 a group of artists including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais turned British art upside down when they formed the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. With paintings that ranged from Arthurian romance to contemporary morality, both their art practices and subject matter were revolutionary.

Today at the Beecroft Gallery we’ll look at the art of the Brotherhood to discover why their vision was so radical in the context of the mid-19th century.

Rossetti - Tune of Seven Towers

Dante Gabriel Rossetti: The Tune of the Seven Towers (1857;

 Meetings are held 10.30am – 12.30pm in the Beecroft Gallery lecture theatre.

Each talk costs £10 and includes tea/coffee (biscuits!)

For further information please contact Mark Banting by email or via twitter @TheCommonViewer

These monthly Saturday morning art history talks are educational yet informal and open to anyone with an interest in art.