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20 May 2019"Sweet Thames Run Softly": the Thames Through Artists' Eyes
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"Sweet Thames Run Softly": the Thames Through Artists' Eyes John Iddon Monday 20 May 2019

John is a Lecturer and Guide at both Tate Britain and Tate Modern. He ran an an MA course in Heritage Interpretation at St Mary's University College. John lectures freelance to numerous art societies, to the National Trust and the Peggy Guggenheim Gallery in Venice. He also lectures on art for cruises. In 2012, he wrote the new guidebook to the newly opened Strawberry Hill.

 'Sweet Thames Run Softly .....': The Thames Through Artists' Eyes (S)

Peter Ackroyd calls the Thames “the most painted river in the world”. It has also been the favoured river of writers and poets. From its source to the sea it has been variously seen as the sweet river of Spenser’s Prothalamion and the ironically ‘sweet’ river of T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land - from flowery arcadian banks to a river of death. This talk will journey down the river but particularly look at the way artists have treated the river and its banks in central London, where Hogarth, Canaletto, Scott, Turner, Constable, Egg, Dore, Whistler, Monet, Derain, Nevinson and others have portrayed both the poetry.