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Art on the Road: Painters, Gypsies ad the Circus
James Russell Monday 08 April 2019

Artists have long been attracted by the roving life, and in this wide-ranging lecture we explore the relationship between painters, Romany people and the circus. While Augustus John caused scandal when he travelled round England in a caravan in the early 20th century, Laura Knight, Alfred Munnings and Edward Seago all went behind the scenes of the travelling circus in its last years. As well as looking at fine art, this lecture also draws attention to the folk art of caravan and fairground, bringing a colourful world back to life. 

James Russell: Studied History at Pembroke College, Cambridge, but was galvanized into writing about art by a lengthy stint selling contemporary paintings and sculpture in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A passionate advocate of 20th century painting and design, he writes and lectures widely. His books include the popular 4-volume series Ravilious in Pictures, about British watercolourist and designer Eric Ravilious (1903-42), and other titles devoted to Paul Nash, Peggy Angus, Edward Bawden and Edward Seago. He curated the 2015 exhibition Ravilious at Dulwich Picture Gallery and has lectured all over the country, from Rye to Glasgow and from the V&A to the Royal West of England Academy.