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A Magical Mystery Tour : The English Miniature from the Tudors to the Victorians

Thu 5th Jun 2025 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

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"Katherine Howard, 18th Century Minature based on Holbein's Painting of Elizabeth Seymour" by lisby1 is marked with Public Domain Mark 1.0.


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From Holbein to the arrival of photography, the English have always kept a special place in their affections for the miniature.  No other country has supported such an unbroken succession of miniatures and flourishing development for so long. More closely bound up with people’s lives than any other art form, these portraits provide, in Sir Roy Strong’s happy image, a ‘keyhole’ into the lives of Tudors, Stuarts, Georgians and Victorians. The aim of this lecture is to provide a tour through three centuries of wonderful portraiture and the changing ages they represent: a tapestry of English history seen through the eyes of its miniaturists

Lecturer: Mark Cottle

Born on the Isles of Scilly and educated at Truro School, Cornwall, and Birmingham University. His career has been spent in education and training at home and abroad. He has lectured at Exeter College on Medieval and Tudor history, St Mark's & St John's University College, Plymouth, and at Bath University on Anglo Saxon and medieval England. Currently runs two small companies providing training and study breaks


Thu 5th Jun 2025
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom.
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