by Rick Amor
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LECTURE OUTLINE: LOVE, ART & TRAGEDY:
Presented by - CATHERINE WALLACE, BA M.LITT Arts Society Lecturer
By the early 1900s the Lamorna valley was home to a wide variety of artists the main occupant being Samuel John Lamorna Birch. The lecture begins with views of the valley and paintings by Birch of Lamorna. The husband and wife artists Harold and Laura Knight came to Cornwall for inspiration and artistic camaraderie in 1907. Initially they stayed in Newlyn but on becoming acquainted with Lamorna Birch they moved to Lamorna This lecture looks at the changes in Laura’s approach to painting whilst in Cornwall. Harold Knight also mainly focused on the figure but he tended to prefer the quiet of his studio where his main subjects were beautiful young women. He asked the young student at the Forbes School in Newlyn, Florence Carter-Wood to pose for him as did Laura. But it was agreeing to model for a new arrival in the valley, Alfred J. Munnings in 1910 that sealed her fate. The lecture looks at the various depictions of Florence Carter- Wood and tells the story of her marriage to Munnings and her secret love for Captain Gilbert Evans -the subject of the novel and film ‘Summer in February’.
Raffle prizes for this lecture will be the following books:
Raffle tickets are sold at the door and cost $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00.
Two winning tickets are drawn and the first winner takes first pick.
The raffle is drawn at the conclusion of the lecture.