A fascinating presentation on 19th century artists was given by Felicity Herring BA MA (Fine Art Valuation) (pictured) and is a well-known specialist on the subject.

During her talk to the English Speaking Union (ESU) annual meeting on September 16 at the White Hart Hotel, Felicity used images to portray how mainly British artists painted the countryside during the industrial revolution. It was a time of social upheaval and widespread poverty, not always painted with accuracy by artists, who preferred more romanticised idyllic images of pastoral life, compared to the extensive social deprivation in the countryside and towns.

The ESU, which holds monthly gatherings at the White Hart Hotel aims to give young people speaking and listening skills and cultural understanding they need to thrive with excellent speakers and a splendid lunch is always served.

The branch welcomes inquiries and visitors. Contact Nigel Estlick, membership secretary, on 01980 623087 or email nestlick@tiscali.co.uk

Next meeting is on October 16, when speaker Peter Forbes goes ‘Sailing around the world’. In 2016, he set off to circumnavigate the globe with his wife Vicky. The event is open to the public, free of charge, as an introduction to the Salisbury Branch of the ESU.

Contact Louise Jeffreys jeffreys.oldcourt@btinternet.com or 01722 336118 to book in for lunch, cost £18.

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