lecture image
Return to List First Previous  Next Last

Philadelphia  |  Tuesday May 1

Lecture   Secrets, Spies, and Subterfuge: Civil War Portraits Revealed

The Union League of Philadelphia    140 South Broad Street  |  6:30 PM

photo of the lecturer Angus Haldane
Art Consultant

Angus Haldane is an art historian, independent curator and consultant.

He studied Classics at Oxford University and graduated from the Courtauld Institute of Fine Arts with an MA. He worked for many years as a senior specialist in paintings at Christie's and Sotheby's in London.

He has appeared as an arts commentator on the BBC and CNN and has published articles in various fine arts periodicals. He recently discovered and identified one of the earliest-known portraits of Sir Francis Drake and arranged for a private loan so it could be shown in the Drake Chamber at the National Trust's Buckland Abbey until Spring 2018.

His first book is Portraits of the English Civil Wars (2017), the first in a series of books on The Face of War.

Secrets, Spies, and Subterfuge: Civil War Portraits Revealed

lecture photo

Roundhead against Cavalier, Royalist against Parliamentarian, Dandy against Puritan. The English Civil Wars not only divided the country's religious beliefs, it compromised family loyalties and often exposed weaknesses between husbands and wives.

Fine art historian and curator Angus Haldane, author of the recently published book Portraits of the English Civil Wars, will explore these nuances of British politics, religion and fashion and show the profound effect the civil conflict had on English society as depicted in portraits which still hang at National Trust properties.

A series of monumental paintings by Isaac Fuller depicting King Charles II's escape from England includes a representation of Jane Lane, later Lady Fisher, who helped the King escape by dressing him as her servant. A portrait of Jane also hangs at Moseley Old Hall (NT).

Oliver Cromwell commanded on the battlefield and dominated in the Parliamentary chamber but was weakened by superstition of ghostly presences at Dunster Castle (NT), where his portrait now hangs.

Prince Rupert slashed and seduced his way throughout Europe, always accompanied by his poodle Boye depicted with the Prince in his Ashdown House (NT) portrait.

Women played an important part and the gathering of intelligence between London and Oxford was often the work of women who could and did infiltrate the beds of those with influence. A portrait of Jane Whorwood depicts the beautiful, red-haired Royalist spy who concealed gold in barrels of soap; used aqua fortis to corrode the bars of Charles I's prison cell; and shared the king's bed.

Mr. Haldane will illustrate the lives of those who took part on both sides and will discuss the stories, vanities, gossip and political allegiances behind the portraits.

Philadelphia  |  Tuesday May 1

Lecture   Secrets, Spies, and Subterfuge: Civil War Portraits Revealed

The Union League of Philadelphia    140 South Broad Street  |  6:30 PM

Reservation Price Limit Quantity In Cart
Event and Dinner

This Event is limited to a combined total of 0 'Event and Meal' reservations.

Reservations Available for Purchase from 2/28/2018 - 4/25/2018

Standard $80 4 0
Member $80 4 0
Member $80 Member Login
Member Membership not eligible for this Event
Co-Sponsor $80 4 0
Co-Sponsor $80 Enter Co-Sponsor Code
Event Only

This Event is limited to a combined total of 0 'Event Only' reservations.

Reservations Available for Purchase from 2/28/2018 - 4/29/2018

Standard $40 2 0
Member $30 0 0
Member $30 Member Login
Member Membership level not eligible for this Event
Co-Sponsor $30 2 0
Co-Sponsor $30 Enter Co-Sponsor Code

FORMAL BUSINESS ATTIRE REQUIRED

A cash bar reception preceeds the lecture at 6:00 PM

Co-Sponsors
The English Speaking Union of Philadelphia
FREEMAN'S
Institute for Classical Architecture & Art - Philadelphia Chapter
The Union League of Philadelphia - The Abraham Lincoln Foundation of the Union League of Philadelphia
Oxford and Cambridge Society of Philadelphia




Return to List First Previous  Next Last
Please enter your Membership information:

* Required
Please enter your Co-Sponsor Code:

* Required

Really remove items from your Cart?