We seem to have developed a bit of an ‘art crowd’ at Mayfair Library over the last few weeks. Perhaps it has something to do with our History of Art class that takes place on Wednesday evenings? Whatever the reason, when Lucinda Dickens Hawksley revisited this week to talk about the Pre-Raphaelites (her other passion apart from Charles Dickens), it was to a group of 44 very keen customers.
To tie in with the current Pre-Raphaelites exhibition at Tate Britain, she introduced the main people in the movement, the artists and their models – or the Supermodels of the time as they were, and gave us an insight into their art, lives and loves. This included a favourite of hers, Lizzie Siddal, about whom Lucinda has written in her book Lizzie Siddal: the tragedy of a Pre-Raphaelite supermodel.
Lots of the audience said afterwards ‘what a wonderful talk it had been’, ‘so interesting’, ‘inspiring’ and that it had really made their minds up to visit the exhibition (it ends on 13 January). I shall have to see it again too, because I now know so much more about the artists and the paintings.