A talk by Felicity Herring ‘An Artists view of 19th Century Britain’ is the highlight of Salisbury and South Wiltshire branch of the English Speaking Union’s annual meeting on Monday, September 16, at 10.30am at the Mercure White Hart Hotel, Salisbury.

Felicity looks at how artists portrayed the British countryside in the 19th century. Some saw it as a rural idyll while others saw the hardships of rural life.

Idyllic views of the Suffolk countryside by Constable, Samuel Palmer’s pastoral scenes of England and Wales, and Millais’s Scottish landscapes are shown.

Paintings of pretty cottages by Helen Allingham are presented alongside basic interiors of rural workers’ dwellings by Thomas Faed. The contrast of pictures of happy rural workers, such as Birket Foster’s pretty milkmaid, are compared with poor, hardworking labourers, by George Clausen.

The meeting is free and open to all, as an introduction to the Salisbury Branch of the ESU. Contact Mrs. Louise Jeffreys jeffreys.oldcourt@btinternet.com or 01722 336118 to book for lunch, cost £18.

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