• 5 November 2015
  • 6:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Every Thursday for five weeks from 5th November to 3rd December 2015.
    Open to all and free to attend
  • Lecture Theatre, Paul Mellon Centre

This autumn, the Paul Mellon Centre will be launching the first of an annual programme of Public Lecture Courses, designed for those who may not have a background in art or art history but who would like to learn more about the history of British art.  

This year’s inaugural Public Lecture Course, Satire to Spectacle: British Art in the Eighteenth Century will be taught by Mark Hallett, Director of Studies, and Martin Postle, Deputy Director of Studies. Their five lectures will cover key aspects of eighteenth-century British Art, with a particular focus on artists such as William Hogarth, Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Gainsborough and Richard Wilson, and on topics such as portraiture, pictorial satire, the Grand Tour, landscape painting and exhibition culture. The lectures will be complemented by weekly readings and a discussion session directly following the lectures. 

Participants are asked to arrive between 18.30 and 19.00, where light refreshments will be served. The lectures will run an hour in length from 19.00 to 20.00 and the discussion session will run until 20.30. The course requires some preparation on the part of the participant. Each lecture will have at most two readings, which will be provided electronically ahead of the start of the course, that participants are strongly encouraged to read in order to have some background knowledge on the topics being discussed in class each week. 

As an educational charity the Paul Mellon Centre strives to promote and support academic research into the history of British Art. The Public Lecture Course, which will be free to attend, offers an exciting opportunity to broaden our audiences and to communicate the newest and most original research on British art in an engaging and accessible way.

Satire to Spectacle will take place on Thursday evenings between 5th November and 3rd December 2015 in our newly refurbished Centre at No. 16 Bedford Square.  

A limited number of spaces have now become available. If you're interested please contact Nermin Abdulla

 

About the speakers

  • Mark Hallett

    The Director of Studies oversees all aspects of the Centre's activities, ensuring that it supports the most original, rigorous and stimulating research into the history of British art and architecture, and fosters collaboration with our sister-institution, the Yale Center for British Art. 

    Prior to taking up his position at the Centre in 2012, Mark worked in the History of Art department at the University of York. Appointed as lecturer in 1994, he became a Professor in 2006 and was Head of Department between 2007 and 2012.

    His scholarly research has focused on British art between 1650 and 1850. The books he has written and edited include The Spectacle of Difference: Graphic Satire in the Age of Hogarth (Yale University Press, 1999); Hogarth (Phaidon Press, 2000); Eighteenth Century York: Culture, Space and Society (edited with Jane Rendall, Borthwick Institute, 2003); Faces in a Library: Sir Joshua Reynolds's 'Streatham Worthies' (The Watson Gordon Lecture 2011, National Galleries of Scotland, 2012); Living with the Royal Academy: Artistic ideals and Experiences in England, 1769–1848 (edited with Sarah Monks and John Barrell Ashgate, 2013); Reynolds: Portraiture in Action (Yale University Press, 2014); and Court, Country, City: British Art and Architecture, 1660–1735 (edited with Nigel Llewellyn and Martin Myrone, Yale University Press, 2016). He also co-edited the major online publication, The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition: A Chronicle, 1769–2018 (Paul Mellon Centre, 2018).

    Mark has also been involved in curating numerous exhibitions. He co-curated the 2007 Tate Britain exhibition Hogarth and co-authored the accompanying catalogue with Christine Riding; he co-curated the 2011 York Art Gallery exhibition William Etty: Art and Controversyand co-edited the accompanying catalogue with Sarah Burnage and Laura Turner; he co-curated the 2015 Wallace Collection exhibition Joshua Reynolds: Experiments in Paint and co-edited the accompanying catalogue with Lucy Davis. He is the co-curator, with his colleague Sarah Victoria Turner, of the 2018 Royal Academy exhibition, The Great Spectacle: The Royal Academy and its Summer Exhibitions 1769–2018, and co-authored the accompanying catalogue. He is to curate an exhibition of the work of the contemporary artist George Shaw, which is to open at the Yale Center for British Art in October 2018, before travelling to the Holburne Museum, Bath, in February 2019.

    Mark has been the recipient of a Leverhulme Research Fellowship and a Mellon Senior Fellowship. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Pembroke College, Cambridge (2013–14) and a Visiting Professor at the Courtauld Institute of Art (2014–16).

  • Martin Postle

    The Deputy Director for Grants & Publications is responsible for the direction of the Centre's Grants and Fellowship programme, its publication schedule, and its Yale-in-London teaching programme. 

    Martin joined the Centre in 2007 as Assistant Director for Academic Activities, later Deputy Director of Studies, then Deputy Director for Collections & Publications. Between 1998 and 2007 he worked at Tate Gallery as Senior Curator, and was subsequently appointed 'Head of British Art to 1900'. From 1992 to 1998 he was Director of the London Centre of the University of Delaware and Associate Professor of Art History. 

    Martin holds a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London, an MA in British Romantic Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, and a BA in Art History with History from the University of Nottingham. Martin's research interests  focus on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British Art, including portraiture, landscape and the history of art academies. Publications include Sir Joshua ReynoldsThe Subject Pictures (Cambridge University Press 1995), Gainsborough (Tate and Princeton University Press 2002), and, with David Mannings, Sir Joshua Reynolds. A Complete Catalogue of his Paintings (Yale University Press 2000). Among the exhibitions he has curated are The Artist's Model. Its role in British Art from Lely to Etty (Kenwood and Nottingham 1991, with Ilaria Bignamini), Angels and Urchins. The Fancy Picture in 18th-Century British Art (Kenwood and Nottingham 1998), The Artist's Model: From Etty to Spencer (Kenwood, Nottingham and York 1999, with William Vaughan), Art of the Garden. The Garden in British Art, 1800 to the Present Day (Tate Britain, Belfast and Manchester 2004, with Nicholas Alfrey and Stephen Daniels), Joshua Reynolds.The Creation of Celebrity (Tate Britain and Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara 2005), Stanley Spencer and the English Garden (Compton Verney, (Compton Verney 2011, with Steven Parissien), Johan Zoffany, RA. Society Observed (Yale Center for British Art and the Royal Academy of Arts, London 2011-2012), and Richard Wilson and the Transformation of European Landscape Painting (Yale Center for British Art and the National Museum Wales, Cardiff, 2014).