ABOUT THE LECTURE
Augustus John is one of the great enigmas of twentieth-century British art. By 1910 he was widely acknowledged as one of this country’s most talented and exciting young artists – a Welsh equivalent, perhaps, of Gauguin. When he died in 1961 The New York Times described him as ‘the grand old man of British painting and one of the greatest in British history.’ Today, however, his achievements are largely overlooked. This talk will explore John’s extraordinary beginnings, exploring his time at the Slade School of Art in the 1890s with contemporaries including his sister Gwen John and his friends William Orpen, Ambrose McEvoy and Spencer Gore, and his early successes before the First World War exhibiting with the NEAC.
ABOUT THE LECTURER
Dr David Boyd Haycock is a freelance art historian and curator, and the author of a number of books, including A Crisis of Brilliance: Five Young British Artists and the Great War. Based in Oxford, he is currently completing a biography of Augustus John and his young contemporaries.
6pm: Doors open
6.30pm: Lecture starts
This lecture replaces Jessica Kilburn's talk on Thomas Hennell that is listed in the exhibition catalogue,