The next meeting of the Gainsborough and District Decorative and Fine Arts Society is on 4th May when Tim Stimson will speak on ‘Who do you think you are kidding, Mr Hitler’ Punch Magazine 1940.
Meetings are always at 1.45pm in the Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough on the first Thursday of the month (except January, July and August). For membership queries call 01427 788550. Visitors are very welcome for a £5 entrance fee. Further information is available from chair Jillian Horberry on 01427 752230. A light lunch is bookable for 12.00pm with Rachel by the preceding Monday on 01427 838780 or Polly on 01427 839042.
Dr Suzanne Fagence-Cooper, art historian, was welcomed by members of the Fine Arts Society to give the April lecture, her subject Effie Gray, the love story that inspired the film starring Dakota Fanning and Emma Thompson.
The Scottish beauty Effie Gray was the heroine of a great Victorian love story. Married at 19 to John Ruskin, she found herself trapped in an unconsummated union. She would fall in love with her husband’s protégé, John Everett Millais, and inspire some of his most memorable art, but controversy and tragedy continued to stalk her.
Suzanne Fagence-Cooper gained exclusive access to Effie’s family letters and diaries to show the rise and fall of the Pre-Raphaelite circle from a new perspective, through the eyes of a woman whose charm and ambition helped to shape the careers of both her husbands. Effie Gray is a compelling portrait of the extraordinary woman behind some of the greatest paintings of the Victorian era.