Clothing People for Portraits: A Look at Eighteenth- Century Costume in British Paintings

Friday 23 March, 10am-5pm at University of Liverpool and the Walker Art Gallery.

Hugh Belsey is an internationally-recognised expert on Thomas Gainsborough and is currently completing the definitive catalogue of his portraits.  Hugh was in 2004 appointed MBE in recognition of his work as head of Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury from 1981 to 2004.  During the Continuing Education study day, the discussion will range from how the clothing in portraits reflects aspirations of social position and what this tells us about the sitter, the artist and their culture, to how the types of fantastical costumes in some eighteenth-century portraits reveal a nostalgia for Van Dyck’s golden age of the previous century.  The day will also include a trip to the Walker Art Gallery, where Gainsborough’s Isabella, Lady Sefton displays her magnificent gown next to other grandly and more humbly-costumed sitters.

Fees: £40: Lunch and refreshments included

How to enrol: Advance enrolment is essential by Tuesday 13 March you may enrol and pay by debit/credit card by telephoning 0151-794 6900. Alternatively, you can complete an enrolment form (from the CE prospectus or on the CE website) – and send it to us at the address below, with a cheque for the course fee

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