Lunchtime Lecture: Thomas Gainsborough: Chameleon of Art

Past event archive
5 October 2017, 13:15

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

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

Thomas Gainsborough
by Thomas Gainsborough
circa 1758-1759
NPG 4446

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.

Famous equally for his portraits as his landscapes, Gainsborough switched elegantly between the two, but followed the money. James Hamilton, biographer of cultural giants including Turner and Faraday, reveals the passions that drove Gainsborough, and the cross-currents of intrigue and personality that lie within his portraits. James Hamilton’s biography of Gainsborough is published by Weidenfeld &Nicolson.

James Hamilton is an art and cultural historian. His books include Turner: A Life, Faraday: The Life, shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and A Strange Business: Making Art and Money in Nineteenth-Century Britain, which in 2014 was named Art Book of the Year by the Sunday Times. Hamilton was until retirement in 2013 curator of art collections and projects in Portsmouth, Wakefield, Sheffield, Leeds and the University of Birmingham, where he is a Fellow of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.

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