Lunchtime Lecture: When Vivien Met Angus: A Photographic Love-Affair

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6 July 2017, 13:15

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Tickets: £3 (£2 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Immerse yourself in history, art and culture at our popular Lunchtime Lectures. Doors open at 12.45. Lectures begin at 13.15 and last approximately one hour.

To mark the 50th anniversary of her death, biographer Adrian Woodhouse illumines the extraordinary 31 year relationship between Vivien Leigh and her favourite photographer, Angus McBean, using celebrated as well as little known photographs from the Gallery’s Collection and the speaker’s own collections.

Adrian Woodhouse is a writer, journalist and collector. Born in Calcutta, India he moved with his family back to their native England in the mid-1960s. After reading history at King's College, Cambridge he started work as a financial journalist before moving into gossip which better suited his talent since childhood for "collecting" famous people. In 1978 he became editor of Londoner's Diary in the Evening Standard for four years and in the following decade worked successively for Tatler, the Daily Telegraph and Robert Maxwell's short-lived London Daily News.

Through his more conventional collecting he curated from 1978 pioneering exhibitions of his favourite subjects - ceramics designer Susie Cooper, graphic artist Beresford Egan and surrealist photographer Angus McBean and published full-length biographies of all three. With Angus McBean he also wrote Vivien: A Love Affair in Camera about Vivien Leigh.

From the 1990s garden and architectural history have been his staples in Country Life and other magazines. He was initiator of the Capability Brown birthplace museum at Kirkharle, Northumberland in 2000 and is acknowledged champion of the reputation of the 17th century architect and designer John Smithson.


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