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The Family Portrait in English Art: 1550-1900

30 Nov 2017

Full day: £90.00

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The Family Portrait in English Art: 1550-1900 Study Day

Since the mid-16th century, the portrait has been an art form especially associated with English taste. A desire to memorialise their families — in individual paintings and in groups — for the benefit of future generations was often the prime motive for the production of a portrait. However, this was not always the case. Some portraits were highly personal, recording intimate relationships between family members and were not intended to be seen in public spaces. This Study Day explores the ways in which families were depicted across four centuries, mapping the changes in portrait styles in the context of evolving social attitudes to family life. A rich source of historical information is provided by these portraits, but we need to remember that they are not ‘snapshots’ of the past. Therefore we shall investigate the meanings encoded within the portraits, by identifying the symbolism, and by examining the material objects, clothes and backgrounds depicted. In the final session we shall also consider how the newly-invented photograph impacted on the painted portrait.

Study Day Programme:


i. The Elizabethan and Jacobean Family: 1550-1630
Angela Cox (Indepedent Art Historian)


ii. The Family Picture in the Age of Elegance: 1630-1750
Angela Cox (Indepedent Art Historian)


Lunch (Not Included)


iii. The Family in Nature: 1750-1830
Angela Cox (Indepedent Art Historian)


iv. From Hearth and Home to High Society: 1830-1900
Angela Cox (Indepedent Art Historian)


Study Day Location:

Art Workers Guild
6 Queen Square

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Each Study Day is is made up of a morning and an afternoon session. There will short refreshments breaks throughout the day between lectures. Study Notes and suggestions for further reading will be provided.

Art Pursuits Abroad Art History Study Days are generally held at the Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT. The nearest tube station is Russell Square. We know that the chairs, whilst beautifully designed, are not the most comfortable, so do bring a cushion for padding.

Numbers are normally limited to a maximum of 70 participants or less per Study Day to ensure a personal atmosphere conducive to interactive learning with pleasure. Bookings are non-refundable, though you may transfer your booking to another participant.

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