25th March, 2020

Join author Daniel E. Sutherland as he explores the lives and work of two of the most fascinating artists of the nineteenth century.18:30 – 20;30

Most people think of Frederic Leighton and James McNeill Whistler as opposites, both personally and artistically. There is Leighton, knighted, fêted, and honoured as the long-serving president of the Royal Academy, the ultimate “gentleman artist” and Insider. Then we have Whistler, rebellious, non-conforming, iconoclastic, and the antithesis of the Royal Academy, a self-promoting popinjay and self-proclaimed Outsider. Yet, while the two men do seem to represent different artistic traditions and personal styles, these long-time acquaintances, if not close friends, were as similar as they were different.

A comparison of their contrasting lives, including consideration of what the current V&A exhibition Filthy Lucre: Whistler’s Peacock Room Reimagined tells us about both men, illustrates the fascinating and multi-dimensional artistic world of nineteenth-century London.


In association with the Whistler Society.

>> Doors open at 6:30pm and guests are invited to explore the museum before the talk, which will start at 7pm

>> Ticket price includes access to the Museum and seated place for the talk

>> Please note that the tickets are non-refundable. Please contact the organiser if any enquiries on museums@rbkc.gov.uk

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