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Thomas Hardy at the National Gallery

Members' talk and Q&A

How did the art of the National Gallery inspire the writings of Thomas Hardy?
Date
Friday, 28 May 2021
Time
4 - 5 pm BST
Audience
Members
Available online only

About

Between 1862-1867, the young novelist Thomas Hardy was working in London as an architectural assistant. In his breaks, he regularly strolled from his workplace, just off Trafalgar Square, into the Gallery. 

Whilst there, he would spend 20 minutes or so studying individual paintings or the works of one artist, and keeping a notebook on schools of paintings. The art he saw captured his imagination for decades to come. 

In this talk, Dr Christina Bradstreet discusses some of the National Gallery paintings that inspired scenes in Hardy's novels, from 'Under the Greenwood Tree' to 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles'.

After the talk, Christina will be happy to answer your questions in a live Q&A.

Image: Detail from Giovanni Bellini, 'The Agony in the Garden', about 1458-60

Speaker

Dr Christina Bradstreet
Dr Christina Bradstreet is our Courses and Events Programmer. She is the author of ‘Scented Visions: smell in nineteenth-century art’. Her passion is promoting adult engagement with art and art history through innovative teaching approaches, including pioneering work in the field of art and mindfulness.
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Thomas Hardy at the National Gallery

Members' talk and Q&A

How did the art of the National Gallery inspire the writings of Thomas Hardy?
Date
Friday, 28 May 2021
Time
4 - 5 pm BST
Audience
Members
Available online only

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