The Words & Pictures Book Club (Dec. 2019): Dorothy L Sayers’ “Five Red Herrings”

Monday 9th December, 2-4pm

The Gleneagles

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.

Dorothy Sayers

This month we’re looking at Dorothy L Sayers’ detective novel “Five Red Herrings” (originally published in 1931) which takes us – along with Lord Peter Wimsey – to Scotland and the artists’ colony near Kirkcudbright, made particularly famous by the painters now known as The Glasgow Boys.

“If one lives in Galloway, one either fishes or paints. ‘Either’ is perhaps misleading, for most of the painters are fishers also in their space time. To be neither of these things is considered odd and almost eccentric.”

MacGeorge, William Stewart, 1861-1931; Salmon Fishers on the Dee at Kirkcudbright

Salmon Fishers on the Dee at Kirkcudbright

by William MacGeorge [Aberdeen Art Gallery;]

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 (Nov. 2019): Art in Europe 1914-1918

Saturday 30th November



War & Revolution

London – Moscow – Zurich

With the benefit of a century’s hindsight we can see the complexities of the European cultural landscape during The Great War, 1914-1918.

In this month’s discussion we’ll look at the war from London through the art of CRW Nevinson, who used Futurist techniques to bring home the horror of the frontlines. Then, in Moscow, we’ll see how Cubism and Futurism were reconfigured by Malevich in the ‘new art’ of Suprematism which established a revolutionary Russian art. And in Zurich we’ll meet the artists, poets and performers who created Dada in opposition to the war and the culture that led to it.

Malevich - Mona Lisa

Kazimir Malevich

Composition with Mona Lisa

[1914; Russian Museum, St Petersburg]

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.