Lectures are held in St. George’s Hall Blockley and start at 2.45 pm, refreshments are available after lectures


Eric Knowles

Glass a history – medieval through to the 20th Century

This profusely illustrated lecture examines the development of both decorative and useful glass including the art of ecclesiastical stained glass evident in British and Continental cathedrals and churches. The rise of the Venetian glass industry is discussed and compared with those found in the Holy Roman Empire and neighbouring German states. The 17th century with its emergence and domination of English lead crystal glass makers is examined and the 19th century growth of glassworks embracing the technology of the Industrial Revolution in Britain and its influence in Europe and the USA will also be shown. Finally, the lecture will chronicle ‘Art Glass’ during the Art Nouveau and Art Deco years of the early 20th century and ‘Studio’ glass of the mid to late 20th century.

As well as broadcasting for 30 years with the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, Eric Knowles has been lecturing for over 25 years to museums and galleries around the world. These include the V&A, British Museum, Ashmolean Museum, Art Deco Society of New York, Royal Ontario Museum, South African Antique Dealers Fair and numerous antique societies in the UK. Eric also hosts fine art, antiques and architectural trips in the UK, USA and Europe.


Julian Halsby MA RBA FRSA

The extraordinary life of Misia Sert, Queen of Paris, 1872-1950

Born into a Polish family, Misia was a virtuoso pianist taught by Gabriel Faure, before marrying Thadee Natanson owner of the magazine ‘La Revue Blanche’. She was painted many times by Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre Bonnard, Eduard Vuillard (who was deeply in love with her), and Renoir. She knew Debussy and Ravel who dedicated several pieces to her. She later remarried a wealthy businessman and was able to finance Diaghilev’s extraordinary Russian Ballets becoming an integral part of the circle around Picasso, Stravinsky, Cocteau and Nijinsky. Her final marriage was to the Spanish muralist, Jose Sert with whom she travelled extensively, becoming Coco Chanel’s closest friend and confidante. Misia was at the very heart of modern art and music in Paris and was the subject of a major exhibition in the Musee d’Orsay in 2012.

Julian studied History of Art at Cambridge and, as well as being a NADFAS Lecturer, was formerly Senior Lecturer and Head of Department at Croydon College of Art. He is also a practising artist and in 1994 was elected to the Royal Society of British Artists and appointed Keeper in 2010. He has many publications to his name and is an interviewer for the Artist Magazine and a member of both the International Association of Art Critics and The Critics Circle.


Sian Walters MA

El Greco and Toledo

This lecture traces the extraordinary stylistic development of El Greco, concentrating in particular on the latter half of his career which was spent in his adopted city of Toledo. Sian will examine many paintings which are still in their original locations, explaining how their mystical and avant-garde appearance belies a wide variety of sometimes surprising influences, and to what extent these works can be seen as reflections of the cultural, religious and socio-economic climate of the city in the early 17th century.

Having studied at Cambridge University, Sian is now a Lecturer at the National Gallery and Surrey University, specialising in Spanish art and architecture, 15th and 16th century Italian painting, and the relationship between dance and art. She has lived in France and Italy where she worked at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice and organises lectures, study days and art holidays abroad.


Dr Tom Duncan

Forty shades of green! Gardening in Ireland, past and present

Irish gardening has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years and Tom Duncan will trace the evolution of both landscape and domestic gardening in Ireland from the late 17th century to the present. Landscape parks such as Carton, created for the Dukes of Leinster, arboreta and collections reflecting the plant hunting activities of families such as the Parsons at Birr Castle Demesne and Augustine Henry of Dublin, plus stunning contemporary gardens, such as Helen Dillon’s will all be discussed in detail.

Dr Tom Duncan studied History of Art and Ancient History & Classical Archaeology at Trinity College, Dublin. He studied for his Masters in the United States and completed his PhD in England. He has been a national and international lecturer for many years, lecturing widely to heritage and artistic organisations including NADFAS.

MONDAY 16 JANUARY 2017 11:00AM

New Year lunch and entertainment

The origin and perfection of the violin

11am for coffee and biscuits
At Wyck Hill House Hotel, Burford Road, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1HY

Michael Bochmann has been well known in British musical life since the 1970's, both playing and teaching. He made his first solo broadcast for the BBC at the early age of 19, and has produced over 50 recordings in his work with the Bochmann Quartet, as concert master of the English Symphony Orchestra, and as a soloist. He has performed around the world, including in 1990 partnering Sir Yehudi Menuhin in a tour of concerts throughout the USA and Canada.

He will take us through a programme of attractive violin music from Bach to Paganini, plus a sprinkling of folk and modern melodies, together with a history of how the violin came about.

Cost: Members and waiting list: £36, Guests: £38
Please send your cheque and the completed booking form by 2 January 2017 to Ruth Craig.
01451 870312 Email: ruth.e.craig@icloud.com


Alan Read

A British Cubo-Futurist

David Bomberg, the lost artist of the British avant garde. Bomberg was among the most talented artists associated with the Vorticist movement (1914-1915) but his style changed many time over the course of his life. From his avant garde work the experience of the first world war brought about the first of many shifts in his style; a style which continues to exert influence on some of the most important British painters working today.


Peter Warwick

To the far side of the world: Captain James Cook and the Enlightenment

This lecture explores the impact of Captain James Cook’s three extraordinary voyages of discovery on European thought, art and science. Cook is widely renowned as an explorer, pioneering navigator and preventer of scurvy and his voyages provided unprecedented information about the Pacific Ocean, and about those who lived on its islands and shores. This was to have a profound influence on The Enlightenment. The lecture is lavishly illustrated with the exquisite drawings and watercolours of Sydney Parkinson, the glorious paintings of William Hodges and George Stubbs, the botanising of Sir Joseph Banks and the remarkable cartography of James Cook himself.

As well as being a NADFAS lecturer, Peter Warwick also lectures at the Defence Academy, National Maritime Museum, National Museum for the Royal Navy, Royal Institution, at schools and universities and on cruises. Additionally, Peter is an author and historian. He is also a major event organiser as Chair of the 1805 Club, the body which arranged the commemorations for Waterloo in 2015 and many other prestigious events.


Michael Clegg

Honouring the Gods

The lecture's aim is to understand the religious beliefs of the Greeks through the art and architecture of their temples. But what part did religion play in Greek society; and where did temples fit into this religion? In this lecture we learn the answers to these questions before studying the types of Greek temple and their development. We also see how the decorative sculpture of the temples progressed from the earliest, rather crude examples, to some of the finest examples of Classical sculpture.

Michael Clegg’s RAF career involved twenty years flying duties worldwide followed by staff appointments including nine years in a NATO post in Italy as a political adviser on Greek-Turkish issues. He was a founder member of the International Archaeological Society in Naples, lecturing, leading tours of Graeco-Roman sites and participating in excavations.

MONDAY 15 MAY 2017

Gavin Plumley BA MA

The art and culture of fin-de-siècle Vienna

At the turn of the last century, Vienna was the capital of a vast empire and one of the most exciting artistic laboratories in the world. It produced painters such as Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka, architects like Otto Wagner, Adolf Loos and Josef Hoff­mann, the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, the composer Gustav Mahler and the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. Looking at these and other figures in the context of the society in which they worked, this lecture asks how and why the City of Dreams became a cultural hotbed around 1900.

Gavin Plumley is a writer and broadcaster, appearing on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and has contributed to the Independent on Sunday and the Guardian. He lectures widely about the culture of Central Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries, including to the National Gallery, the British Museum, the V&A, the Southbank Centre, the Tate and the Neue Galerie, New York, as well as for history of art societies and The Art Fund.

MONDAY 19 JUNE 2017 2:30PM

The Annual General Meeting of the Society

The June lecture will immediately follow the AGM

Any Member wishing to submit a Resolution to put before the Meeting or submit any nominations for the Committee should send these to the Secretary on or before Monday 8 May 2017.
Either must be in writing and seconded, and any nomination
approved by the nominee. The Secretary is Penny Mead (email: meadflower@gmail.com).

MONDAY 19 JUNE 2017 2:45PM

Dr Tobias Capwell

‘Mars and the Muses’: the Reniassance art of armour

In the 15th and 16th centuries almost all of the richest, most powerful noble­­men in Europe could be counted as dedicated patrons of the armourer’s art. This was an intensely personal art, both expressive and decorative. Its essence was the creation of a living sculpture, demanding fantastic skill in the sculpting of iron and steel and the mastery of all decorative techniques available to the Renaissance metalworker. The achievements of virtuoso master armourers were not just about splendour and richness, they also embodied more complex messages about status and the social order, divine power, and attitudes and identities.

Toby Capwell is Curator of Arms and Armour at the Wallace Collection in London, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and an internationally ack­nowledged expert on Medieval and Renaissance weapons. He appears regularly on television, most recently as presenter and armour advisor on Richard III: The New Evidence. Amongst many of his publications, and after 15 years of research, Toby’s groundbreaking book Armour of the English Knight: 1400-1500 was published in 2015, the second part being released in 2017.