Art History Mornings at The Beecroft (August 2018) The Art of Edward Burne-Jones

Art History Mornings at The Beecroft Gallery
Saturday 25th August, 10.30am-12.30pm
with Dr ML Banting

The Sensual World:
The Art of Edward Burne-Jones
(The Last Pre-Raphaelite)

Ahead of the up-coming exhibition of Edward Burne-Jones’s work at the Tate Gallery, and the third part of our Pre-Raphaelites series, today we’ll explore the extraordinary paintings of the very  last Pre-Raphaelite: from medieval romances to the mysterious pictures of dreamy beauty, as well as his Arts & Crafts stained glass windows.

Very much over-shadowed by the development of Impressionism, Burne-Jones was nevertheless a radical artist with a lot to say about art and society in the closing decades of Victorian Britain.

The Golden Stairs 1880 by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt 1833-1898

Image: Edward Burne-Jones: The Golden Stairs (1880, c/o

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.

Words & Pictures Book Club (August): Warpaint by Alicia Foster

The Words & Pictures Book Club

“Warpaint” by Alicia Foster

Monday 13th August 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 August meeting we’ll look at Alicia Foster’s “Warpaint” & art-works from World War II by four women artists: Evelyn Dunbar, Grace Golden, Laura Knight & Isabel Rawsthorne.


Alicia Foster’s “Warpaint” (2014) is published by Penguin

Image: Evelyn Dunbar “Portrait of an Air Woman” (c.1943; Royal Air Force Museum; 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