NEXT LECTURE:  Wednesday 18th October starting at 11am; coffee from 10.15am


John is a Lecturer and Guide at both Tate Britain and Tate Modern. He ran an MA course in Heritage Interpretation at St Mary’s University College. He has lectured freelance to numerous art societies, to the National Trust and to the Peggy Guggenheim Gallery in Venice. He lectures on art for cruises. In 2012, he wrote the new guidebook to the newly-opened Strawberry Hill.

 The night before the morning after: hard drink and harlots in art        

In 2015 the Musee d’Orsay mounted a fascinating exhibition entitled ‘Splendours and Miseries’ featuring how ‘ladies of the night’ had been depicted in art. At the same time Tate Britain displayed paintings on the theme of ‘Alcohol and Art’ The two subjects are often closely interwoven in the work of many great artists including Hogarth, Rowlandson, Cruikshank, Degas, Lautrec and Picasso and others.