November 2019

STUDY DAY: James Russell: Eric Ravilious and his Circle: Edward Bawden & Peggy Angus

Welcome to The Arts Society Sherborne
Friday, November 15, 2019 -
10:15 to 15:15
Digby Hall
Hound Street Sherborne DT9 3AA

A Study Day in three parts looking at the artistic lives of Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden and Peggy Angus.


Friday 15 November 2019, 10.15 am for 10.25 until approx 3.15pm.

Please apply on separate booking form where you will also find the outline for the day.

James Russell has curated two major exhibitions at Dulwich Picture Gallery  (Edward Bawden in 2018 and Eric Ravilious in 2015) as well as others at Towner ( Eastbourne) and Jerwood (Hastings). He has written several books and lectures all over Britain and abroad, without notes, drawing on wide –ranging original research and on in-depth knowledge of the subjects that fascinate him.

Our first lecture illuminates the Art and Life of Eric Ravilious a playful, enigmatic artist who was only 39 when he died on active service as a war artist in 1942, yet he had already achieved a wonderful body of work in watercolour, wood engraving, lithography and ceramics. His wife, Tirzah Garwood, will also be included. The paintings are a delight, the Ravilious story funny, sad and full of surprises.

Edward Bawden  is today remembered for his spectacular lino cuts and humorous illustrations, yet he was once feted as an innovative modern painter. He had a remarkable career as a war artist, travelling solo around the Middle east yet he remains an elusive figure.

Peggy Angus will be the subject of our last lecture, with a focus on her role as a designer. She was an extraordinary woman who led an amazing C20th life. Angus influenced generations of British designers. Her tile and wallpaper designs are among the finest produced since the days of William Morris and she lived according to a strongly-held belief: that art should be an integral part of life. Peggy knew more than her fair share of hardship but overcame the difficulties placed in her way to create designs of great beauty and originality. Most of these are hidden away in private houses, so this is a rare opportunity to see the full extent of her achievements. 


Mr James Russell

Having studied History at Pembroke College, Cambridge, James Russell enjoyed a lengthy stint selling contemporary paintings and sculpture in Santa Fe, New Mexico, an experience that inspired him to begin writing and lecturing on 20th century art. Of his dozen or so books, one was a Sunday Times book of the year, while his writing has been described by critics as 'insightful', 'informative' and 'enjoyably readable'. The curator of two major exhibitions at Dulwich Picture Gallery, James has lectured across Britain and beyond. He prefers to lecture without notes, drawing on wide-ranging original research, and on in-depth knowledge of the subjects that fascinate him.