History of Art

Jenny Vuglar
Victoria Hall
A: Wed 15 June B: Tues 28 June

Blackbird and Flowers. Sir Cedric Morris,1952.  Jerwood Collection.

Artist Plantsmen of East Anglia
Tuesday 28 June, 10.30am -4.30pm. Victoria Hall
Fees: Members: £50
Non-members: £60
Concessions: £10 per course (call the office 020 8340 3343)

This course will look at the intersecting lives and interests of four East Anglian painters in the mid 20th century:  Cedric Morris, John Nash, Edward Bawden, and John Aldridge.  Cedric Morris's old house, painting school, and garden - Benton End - has just been bought by the Pinchbeck Foundation for the Garden Museum with the aim of turning it back into a place of art and plants. First Site Gallery in Colchester has recently had an exhibition about the work and life at Benton End. Towner, and Compton Verney Galleries held a major exhibition of John Nash’s work in 2021/22 as an accompaniment to a new biography. It seems an appropriate time to revisit the work and lives of these artist plantsmen.

Although concentrating on the painting we will also look at their work as plantsmen from Cedric Morris’ Iris breeding to John Nash’s position as a judge at the Chelsea Flower Show.

No previous knowledge is necessary.  The course is for anyone interested in mid 20th century British Art, gardens, and botanical art.

The session will be a lecture with class discussion based on Power Point images of the artists’ work.

A slide list will be provided, together with a bibliography.

Tutor: Jenny Vuglar has previously taught at the HLSI. She holds an MA in History from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and an MA in Art History from the Open University.  She specialises in 20th Century British Art. She teaches Art History at Morley College and is an associate lecturer at the Open University.