Lecture: The World is Run Quite Out of Square: Some Melancholy Elizabethans

22 March 2019, 19:00

Ondaatje Wing Theatre, Floor -2

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Henry Percy, 9th Earl of Northumberland by Nicholas Hilliard © Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

As the reign of the Virgin Queen drew to its close a group of young men called ‘malcontents’ formed. Sir Roy Strong explores some of the most extraordinary and complex of all Elizabethan portraits.

Writer, historian, broadcaster, diarist and gardener, Sir Roy Strong ,CH was born in 1935 and was educated at Queen Mary College, University of London, 1953-56 (B.A. Hons. History), and the Warburg Institute, University of London, 1956-59 (Ph.D. History). He was Assistant Keeper, National Portrait Gallery, 1959-67, then Director, 1967-73, and went on to be Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum, 1974-87. He resigned to become a full-time writer, broadcaster and consultant.

From 1963 onwards, Sir Roy has been associated with many spectacular exhibitions including Beaton Portraits 1928-1968 (National Portrait Gallery, 1968), The Elizabethan Image (Tate Gallery, 1969), The King’s Arcadia: Inigo Jones and the Stuart Court (Arts Council, 1973), The Destruction of the Country House (Victoria & Albert Museum, 1974), The Garden (Victoria & Albert Museum, 1979) and the last major survey of the Elizabethan miniature,  Artists of the Tudor Court (Victoria &Albert Museum, 1983).

Sir Roy has published widely. At present both volumes of his diaries, Splendours & Miseries and Scenes & Apparitions have just gone into paperback, An updated edition of The Story of Britain was  published in 2018.  His next book The Elizabethan Image will be published in June 2019, and he is working on its sequel, The Stuart Image. The third volume of his diaries, Types and Shadows 2004 to 2015 will be published in 2020.

In the New Year’s Honours 2016 he was made a member of The Order of Companions of Honour in recognition of his services to the nation’s culture.  An Hon.D.Litt was bestowed on him by the University of London in 2018.

Part of the programme of events complementing Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver

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