October 2019

Whistler and the Thames

Welcome to The Arts Society Basingstoke
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 10:30
Sherfield-on-Loddon Village Hall
Reading Road Sherfield-on-Loddon RG27 0EZ

Whistler: 'The painter of the Thames?'

Whistler was a vain and waspish personality to the many people he fell out with, including John Ruskin who triggered the most famous art trial in history when he accused Whistler, in one of his ‘nocturnes’, of ‘flinging a pot of paint in the public’s face’. The painting was one of many that featured the Thames,  in-fact Whistler claimed at the end of his life that he ‘was the painter of the Thames’. While controversy and combat dominated his colourful private life, these paintings were ahead of their time, both revolutionary and poetic. This talk looks at both the man and his art.


Mr John Iddon

Lecturer and Guide at both Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Ran an MA course in Heritage Interpretation at St Mary's University College. Has lectured freelance to numerous art societies, to the National Trust and the Peggy Guggenheim Gallery in Venice. Lectures on art for cruises. In 2012, he wrote the new guidebook to the newly opened Strawberry Hill.