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Art Appreciation I

21st April 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 23rd April 2020 @ 4:00 pm



Cartoonery:  English Attitudes

Tutor:  Tim Stimson

Many artists have discovered that humour is the key to winning the hearts of the English!  Caricature, satire and the cartoon have given pleasure, satisfaction, amusement and relief, whilst drawing down censure and puncturing pomposity across class divides since the 18th century.

From the witty and genteel to the vicious and scurrilous, these pithy encapsulations of the recognisable continue to have relevance today.  They are miniature masterpieces, ephemeral yet enduring through time.

From the Georgians; Gillray & Rowlandson, to Punch and Strand cartoonists, Tenniel, Sambourne, Leach and Dickie Doyle and from Thelwell to Scarfe, these virtual drolleries have lost none of their appeal.

Tim’s involvement in art began with the practical.  For a number of years he was a professional painter and ceramicist in Scotland and Wales, before returning to university to study literature and the history of art.

For the last 30 years he has been a freelance cultural/art historian, specialising in 17th and 18th century art and society.  He now lectures for the University of Cambridge, the WEA, the Arts Fund and the The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS), and presents residential study courses in Britain and Europe.  Tim as now completed two lecture tours of Australia, the last in 2016, and presented a lecture for the Hull City of Culture 2017 on T E Ferens, patron of Hull’s newly refurbished gallery.

The second Art Appreciation event in our 2020 programme is from 25-27 August.


21st April 2020 @ 4:00 pm
23rd April 2020 @ 4:00 pm