Lunchtime Lecture: The Artistic World of Wilkie Collins

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13 February 2014, 13:15

Ondaatje Wing Theatre


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Wilkie Collins, by Adriano Cecioni, published in Vanity Fair 3 February 1872 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Wilkie Collins
by Adriano Cecioni
published in Vanity Fair 3 February 1872
NPG 2703

Wilkie Collins is best known for his sensation novels like The Moonstone and for his unconventional Victorian lifestyle, with his two families and his opium habit. However he might well have been an artist. He came from an artistic family (his father was a prominent Royal Academician), his brother a fringe Pre-Raphaelite, and his close friends included Millais and Holman Hunt. Collins produced his own drawings, went on painting holidays and exhibited at the Royal Academy. He wrote regularly about art, and his novels exhibit his dramatic painterly manner of looking at the world.  In this illustrated talk Andrew Lycett explores Collins's artistic background and shows how it influenced him throughout his life.

Andrew Lycett is a journalist and writer. He has written biographies of Muammar Qaddafi (Qaddafi and the Libyan Revolution with David Blundy, 1987), Ian Fleming (Ian Fleming: The Man Behind James Bond, 1995), Rudyard Kipling (Rudyard Kipling, 1999), Dylan Thomas  (Dylan Thomas: A New Life, 2005) and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes: The Life and Times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 2007). Wilkie Collins: A Life of Sensation (2013) is published by Hutchinson.

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