Iffley History Society

Tuesday 17 April is the evening of the Vivien Greene Memorial Lecture 2018.

Circumstances beyond the Society’s control have required a change in speaker and talk.

The Society’s Committee is very grateful that one of our regular speakers was able to step in at short notice.

markdaviesWe look forward to hearing Mark Davies ( local historian and author) speak on “The Pre-Raphaelites in Oxford”

It is hard these days to remember that the contemporary audience actually found their paintings shockingly, distressingly … realistic. Charles Dickens – of all people – seems to have been staggered at the wrongness of John Everett Millais daring to make the Holy Family so ordinary in his Christ in the House of His Parents. For Dickens the Virgin Mary was  ‘horrible in her ugliness’. (Millais & Dickens went on to be good friends. In due course the artist was to have the last word, doing a pencil sketch of Dickens on his deathbed )

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@Tate. Image released under Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND (3.0 Unported)

 

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