Members' talk and Q&A
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.