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Visit to Compton Verney
Wednesday 05 December 2018

Visit to Compton Verney.
Wednesday 5 December 2018.

"A force of nature......"
After a short walk from the car park through Compton Verney's historic parkland, designed by "Capability" Brown, we were met at the entrance to the imposing Georgian mansion by art historian, Jane Hornby, who was to be our guide through the highly acclaimed "Whistler and Nature" exhibition.
The works on display were predominantly etchings and lithographs which served to illustrate James Abbott McNeill Whistler's fascination with "nature at the margins", tracing his creatively bohemian life from Lowell, Massachusetts, where he was born in 1834, to Chiswick, London, where he was buried in 1903, ironically in the same cemetery as William Hogarth!
Our guide was outstanding. She led us gently from composition to composition, contextualising each etching or lithograph and explaining the salient points of artistic interest. Her knowledge of the subject matter was matched by her enthusiasm for the artist whom she described as charismatic, witty and provocative!
In the course of seventy minutes, we travelled through many of the locations which had inspired Whistler's imagination: St Petersburg, Paris, Venice and London.
We heard about the illustrious friends who shared his artistic vision: Beaudelaire, Courbet, Manet, Mallarmé, Monet - and we even met his mother!
This was an absorbing tour/lecture which combined erudition (eg the science underpinning the creation of an etching and the story behind his London Nocturnes) with anecdotes (eg Whistler's popularity with women and his infamous lawsuit against Ruskin).
By the end of the session, we all felt that our understanding of Whistler both as a man and as an artist had been enhanced, as our Chairman enthusiastically exclaimed, a hundredfold.
After lunch, we had a choice of current exhibitions to visit, including the nationally renowned British Folk Art Collection, re-imagined by artist and designer Mark Hearld.

Thank you, Nicky, for arranging such a stimulating visit.

Ted Liddy.