Lewes History Group Meeting – Monday 11 January 2016, 7:00 for 7:30pm

John Bleach: Lewes in Art

John Bleach gives an overview  into how the town and its surroundings have been depicted by artists from 1600 to 1950.

John is approaching this potentially vast subject area from two angles: as an historian interested in the land-use and architecture of the town, and as a picture browser with a penchant for topographically-based watercolours and prints. Some of the artists represented are anonymous and unknown, some are named and little known, and one or two are just plain famous,  but what they have in common is that they looked at a view or building and interpreted it with pencil, pen, brush and burin.

The print advertising John’s talk is taken from the Antiquarian and Visitors’ Guide to Lewes by William Banks, published in 1890. Dating from 1852, it offers an early view of the County Prison (built 1850-53), and a tantalising glimpse of the agricultural showground with its ‘long ranges of boothing for the different implements to be exhibited’ on the south side of the lower part of Mountfield Road. The ‘Royal’ show was held here in 1852.

South View of Lewes, from Banks guide to Lewes

Image from William Banks’ Antiquarian and Visitors’ Guide to Lewes, 1890

If you would like to bring along your own paintings and prints of Lewes to share with the audience attending the meeting, please bring them along at 7 p.m. If you let John Kay know at johnkay56 [at] gmail.com he will do his best to ensure that a suitable display place is available.

All are welcome from 7.00pm for free refreshments and updates on the Group’s activities. The talk will begin promptly at 7:30pm and will finish by 9.00pm.

There is an entry fee for these meetings, payable at the door, of £2 for members, and £3 for non-members.

Venue: The King’s Church building on Brooks Road, Lewes, BN7 2BY. (Between Tesco car park and Homebase)

See the Meetings page for a list of  forthcoming monthly talks organised by the Lewes History Group.




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