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DateLecture
06 February 2018From Bristol to the sea: Artists, the Avon Gorge and Bristol Harbour
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10 April 2018Undressing Antiques
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12 June 2018Giles - His life, times and cartoons
03 July 2018Masquerade, music lessons and monkeys. The world of 18th Century porcelain figures.
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From Bristol to the sea: Artists, the Avon Gorge and Bristol Harbour Francis Greenacre Tuesday 06 February 2018

Francis Greenacre BA FMA, was the Curator of Fine Art at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery from 1969 to 1997. He organised a wide range of exhibitions, most often remembered are those celebrating the artists of the Bristol School. More recently he was inovlved in the acquistion of Tyntesfield for the NT for whom he wrote the guidebook.  His most recent publications, 'From Bristol to the Sea' and 'Public Sculpture of Bristol' were published in 2005 and 2011.

He took his degree in art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. His long commitment to Bristol its institutions and charities was recognised by his appointment as High Sheriff of Avon 1993/4.

No other inland port has a more spectacular approach to its harbour than Bristol. The lecture will tell the story of a maritime city whose history has inspired outstanding artists such as JMW Turner, Thomas Girtin, JS Cotman,  as well as excellent resident artists such as Francis Danby and the artists of the Bristol School.  Other highlights will include Muller's sketches of the Bristol Riots 1831, Jackson's watercolours of Brunel's alternative proposals for the Suspension Bridge and Joseph Walter's paintings of Brunel's ships, the Great Western and the Great Britain.