Art and Coffee at The Beaumont, 20th January 2023: An Impressionist Winter

Join us at

The Southgate Beaumont

15 Cannon Hill, Old Southgate, N14 7DJ

on Friday 20th January, 11.30am (for about an hour) to discuss

the Impressionists’ Art of Winter: snowy scenes, yet full of colour and texture, such as:

Claude Monet’s “Lavacourt Under Snow” [1888; National Gallery, c/o]

Snow scenes were a particular favourite among the Impressionists, and Monet painted several canvases that explore the way sunlight plays upon the snow, reflecting tones of red, pink, purple and blue at different times of day. –

There will be coffee and biscuits and, no matter the weather outside, we will be warm and cosy in the gorgeous surroundings of the Beaumont! All welcome!


(postponed from December 2022)

Art, Books and Culture at The Beecroft (17th December 2022): The Flower Paintings of the Impressionists

Join us at The Beecroft Gallery, Southend on

Saturday 17th December (11.15am for an hour and a half, or so)

to chase away the grey skies and discuss

The Flower Paintings of the Impressionists (and beyond).

Inspired by the current exhibition “Manet and Eva Gonzales” we will explore how flower painting became a means to explore new ways of painting and, especially, colour,

from Pierre-Auguste Renor’s “Study of Flowers” at The Fitzwilliam (c/o to Vincent Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” series, one of which is at the National Gallery (c/o

As always, everyone is welcome.

There is a £10 charge on the door, with tea and coffee afterwards.


Words and Pictures Book Club, 9th December 2022: “Sybil and Cyril” by Jenny Uglow

Greetings! Please note the change of date.

Our next Words & Pictures book club meeting will be on

Friday 9th December, 2pm (for about an hour or so)

at “Pebbles” (the old Havens building, Hamlet Court Road)

when we’ll be discussing:

Published by Faber & Faber

In 1922, Cyril Power, a fifty-year-old architect, left his family to work with the twenty-four-year-old Sybil Andrews. They would be together for twenty years. Both became famous for their dynamic, modernist linocuts – streamlined, full of movement and brilliant colour, summing up the hectic interwar years. Theirs was a scintillating world of Futurists, Surrealists and pioneering abstraction, but alongside the buzz of the new, of machines and speed, shops and sport and dance, they also looked back, to medieval myths and early music, to country ways disappearing from sight.

It looks absolutely fantastic and, as ever, we’ll have lots to discuss over our coffee and cake!


Art, Books and Culture Group at The Beecroft, 19th November 2022: The Life and Art of Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun


Please note the “unusual” date for our next meeting on

Saturday 19th November, 2022

11.15am (for about an hour or so) at The Beecroft Gallery, Lecture Theare

when we will be discussing

Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun

whose glorious Self Portrait is at the National Gallery:

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun Self Portrait in a Straw Hat 1782 Oil on canvas, 97.8 x 70.5 cm Bought, 1897 NG1653

The Gallery’s short biography of her reads:

Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842), the daughter of a minor painter, Louis Vigée, was born and brought up in Paris. She became a member of the Académie de St-Luc in 1774 and of the French Academy in 1783. She was a highly fashionable portrait painter, patronised particularly by Queen Marie Antoinette. Between 1789 and 1805 she travelled in Europe and visited Russia.

Today, we’ll explore her life and art in revolutionary France and across Europe.

All are welcome to our informal – but hopefully informative! – art history discussions.

Tickets are £10 on the door, and there will be coffee & biscuits afterwards.

Please note, next month’s meeting will also be on an “unusual” date – Saturday 17th December.