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VISITS -  September 2018 – March 2019

Applying for tickets:
Please use the this form (one per visit) and send it with your cheque (also one per visit) and a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Miss Sandra Smith, Flat 15, 143 Gloucester Terrace, London W2 6DX.  Cheques should be made payable to RBKCDFAS with the name of the Visit on the reverse.   

If the Visit is full your cheque will be returned. Completed forms may also be handed in at lectures.  If you cannot come on an outing PLEASE let the leader (detailed below and on your ticket) know so as not to delay departures.

The Huguenots of Spitalfields
Thursday 18 October
11.00 – 12.30 walking tour  
£15.00 pp

The Huguenots, French Protestants, were our first refugees.  Fleeing France in the 17th century, around 50,000 settled in Spitalfields, bringing their skills with them.    Hugely talented, they transformed the textile industry and taught the English artisans new techniques from glass-blowing to ceramics, silversmithing to finance, and more.  Charlie de Wet, city of London Guide, Chair of the Huguenots of Spitalfields Charity and   resident of Spitalfields for 20 years, has seen the transformation of one London’s most vibrant areas.  Starting with a visit to Christ Church, Hawksmoor’s masterpiece, we continue on our guided walk to see the Master silk merchants’ houses, Anna Maria Garthwaite’s house, Jewish soup kitchens, a Huguenot dyer’s Grade I listed shop, a synagogue and mosque that were once Huguenot temples, and learn about the story of Spitalfields, its Georgian architecture, its immigrants and its local characters. Proceeds will be donated to the Education Fund of the Huguenots of Spitalfields charity.

Meet at 11.00  in the Crypt at Christ Church, Commercial Street, E1 6LY (10 minutes’ walk from Liverpool Street Station)  and lasts about 90 minutes. Anyone arriving earlier can meet for coffee from 10.15 in the Crypt of Christ Church, where there are also loos.
Accompanied by Gillian Craig  (Gillian.Craig@artandculturaltravel.com).

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Christ Church                                     Spitalfields

Mansion House - The Harold Samuel Collection
Thursday 15 November 2018 

1.45pm – 3.15pm                                                                                                                            
£15.00 pp

Mansion House is home to The Harold Samuel Collection of Dutch and Flemish 17th century Paintings, bequeathed to the City of London in 1987. It is perhaps the best collection of Dutch Art in Britain and comprises 84 pictures, the most famous of which is “The Merry Lute Player” by Frans Hals.There are also works by Maes and Van Ruisdael, and in addition some fine sculptures. This will be a private, guided tour lasting one and a half hours – with refreshments provided at the end.

Meet outside the main, side entrance, on Wallbrook Street.  The nearest tube stations are Mansion House and Bank.
Accompanied by Janet Dain (j@netdain.com)

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The Merry Lute Player – Frans Hals


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Dutch and Flemish Masters

The Wallace Collection - a Private Tour
Wednesday 12 December 2018
11.30 – 13.00                                                                                                                                    £12.00pp

Hertford House

The Wallace Collection at Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN, bequeathed to the nation in 1897, displays works collected by the Marquises of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace (son of the 4th Marquis) in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The crowning glory is the Great Gallery (refurbished in 2014) – home to an outstanding collection of Old Master paintings and described by art historian and critic, Kenneth Clark, as 'the greatest picture gallery in Europe'. After Wallace's death the house was converted into a museum which first welcomed the public in June 1900. Apart from breaks during the two world wars it has been open ever since.

The Oval Drawing Room   - © The Wallace Collection

Our private, guided tour will take us through the history and the art of this unique collection.

Meet in the main Hall of the Wallace Collection at 11.30.
Nearest Underground: Bond Street, and walk up Duke Street to Manchester Square.
Museum opens 10.00, Central Courtyard Restaurant for coffee & lunch, to book a table T: 020 7563 9505
Accompanied by Gill Foley (gillbridge750@gmail.com)

The Guildhall Art Gallery  
Wednesday 16 January 2019  
11.00 – 12.30 
£10.00 pp

The Guildhall Art Gallery has a collection of art treasures, with an impressive selection of  works dating from 1670 to the present. It focuses on paintings of London and holds a renowned collection of 19th century works, including Rossetti's ‘La Ghirlandata’ and Constable's large landscape, ‘Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows’. Another highlight is John Singleton Copley's enormous painting ‘The Defeat of the Floating Batteries at Gibraltar (1783–91’).  Also on site are the ruins of London's Roman Amphitheatre; lost for centuries, the original circular walls were rediscovered by archaeologists working on the site of the new Guildhall Art Gallery building in 1988. 

Meet in the Bookshop inside the Gallery. The nearest tube station is Canon Street.    
Accompanied by Janet Dain (j@netdain.com).

Guildhall Art Gallery


Visit to The Chelsea Arts Club
Friday 8 February 2019
10.00 - 11.00                                                                                                                                    
£12.00 pp

Famed for its clientele and legendary parties, The Chelsea Arts Club was set up in 1891. The Club Secretary,  Geoffrey Matthews, will explain the history of the Club and point out the many art works in their collection, given and produced by some of its best known members. The ticket price will be donated to their Young Artists’ Fund.

Meet inside The Chelsea Arts Club, 143 Old Church Street, London SW3 6EB. Nearest tube station: Sloane Square and South Kensington.
Accompanied by Nancye Nosworthy (nancye.nosworthy@btinternet.com).

Chelsea Arts Club with recent Xmas decoration

St Bartholomew’s Hospital 
Thursday 7 March 2019  
10.45 – 12.30                                                                                                                                         
£10.00 pp

Bart’s Courtyard in the early 19thc.

Join our private tour of Barts, West Smithfield, EC1A 7BE, London’s oldest hospital, on its original site since its founding in the 12th century. It has an important current role as well as a long history and architecturally important buildings. The Henry VIII entrance to the hospital continues to be the main public entrance, and the statue of King Henry VIII above the gate is the only remaining statue of him in London.  We visit   the main square designed by James Gibbs in the 1730s, the Church of St. Bartholomew and William Hogarth’s mural paintings.

Meet at the Henry VIII Gate. West Smithfield. Nearest tube: Barbican, St Paul’s, Blackfriars, Farringdon.
Accompanied by Judy de Haas (jdh.home@btinternet.com). 

Hogarth – Christ at the Pool of Bethesda

October 2019

We are finalising details for a four night trip to Madrid in October where, to follow on from our lecture on ‘Joaquin Sorolla -  Spanish Master of Light’, and the exhibition at the National Gallery,  our trip will include a visit to  the  museum and house of the painter Sorolla in Madrid.  Details will be emailed on the Noticeboard.