The Granary Art Gallery is currently displaying a very special masterpiece by the pre-eminent 18th century Grand Tour portraitist, Pompeo Batoni.
Batoni was the go-to artist for swagger portraits of the young and fashionable on their Grand Tours in the latter 18th century and his portrait of Sir John Lombe Bt is currently on display in the Granary Art Gallery until early November.
To mark this special exhibition, Gareth Williams, Curator to the Weston Park Foundation will deliver an evening lecture followed by a three-course dinner in the Granary Grill on Thursday 16th October.
The Grand Tour is sometimes described as the 18th century gap year for young aristocrats yet in reality it had a lasting impact not only on the people who undertook it but open their collections and patronage on what we today consider to be British cultural heritage. Gareth’s lecture will focus on the Tour’s legacy, the highlife, fun and hardships of travel in the 18th and early 19th century in what promises to be an informative and entertaining journey around Europe.
Gareth has lectured to audiences such as the Royal Oak Foundation and Colonial Williamsburg in the USA as well as Art Fund and NADFAS groups here in the UK.
6pm: Viewing and drinks reception in the Granary Art Gallery
8pm: Dinner in the Granary Grill
Grand Tour Lecture, Private View & Dinner
£39 per person includes drinks reception, private view, lecture and three-course dinner in the Granary Grill
Grand Tour Lecture, Private View and Drinks Reception
£15.00 per person
Places must be pre-booked by calling Christoper Madeley on 01952 852130 or e-mail: Christopher@weston-park.com