Lunchtime Lecture: Painting for Free

17 January 2019, 13:15

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Tickets: £4 (£3 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Mary and Margaret Gainsborough, the Artist’s Daughters, Playing with a Cat By Thomas Gainsborough © The National Gallery, London
Mary and Margaret Gainsborough, the Artist’s Daughters, Playing with a Cat By Thomas Gainsborough © The National Gallery, London

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.

Gainsborough scholar Dr Susan Sloman considers the private nature of the portraits on display in Gainsborough’s Family Album, which were made without regard to the commercial world, and the rather unfashionable notion of painting for pleasure. She also discusses how one or two of Gainsborough’s un-commissioned pictures quickly took on a life of their own outside the family circle.

After studying at Bath Academy of Art at Corsham, the Courtauld Institute and the University of Bristol, Susan Sloman has worked in the museum sector and in the commercial art world. She has regularly contributed to journals such as the Burlington Magazine, Gainsborough’s House Review and the British Art Journal. Her book Gainsborough in Bath appeared in 2002, and she contributed to Clerics and Connoisseurs (2001), Sensation and Sensibility: Viewing Gainsborough’s Cottage Door (2005) and Van Dyck and Britain (2009). She curated Gainsborough’s Landscapes (2011) and is co-curator of Gainsborough and the Theatre (2018-19), both at the Holburne Museum, Bath.

Part of the programme of events complementing Gainsborough’s Family Album.