Iffley History Society

The Society’s 2017-2018 series of evening talks on the Arts & Sciences starts up again!

Tuesday 20th February 7:30pm Iffley Church Hall  Doors open 7.10pm

James Hamilton, our first speaker,  has had a career as exhibition curator, lecturer, and author – often (but not exclusively) in the cultural world of 19th century England.  He is currently Senior Research Fellow and Hon Reader at the University of Birmingham. His first book was a biography of Turner, and we are delighted that he has agreed to talk to us on “The Oxfordshire  of  J.M.W. Turner”



Hamilton’s Turner: A Life

“James Hamilton is an outstanding biographer. He reveals Turner’s world for all its wild contradictions and, like Turner, brings to life what the eye cannot see.”
—Amanda Foreman, author of the Whitbread Prize–winning biography Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire

A Turner sketchbook now held in Tate Britain includes a “classic” view (1839) of Iffley from the river, from mill to church tower.  The catalogue description says the page also has little bits of architectural details – which I like to think means Turner actually walked away from the river for a closer look.


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