Cranleigh Arts Society

Wednesday 24th January 2024 at 2.00 pm: Eric Ravilious and the Lure of the Everyday   – with Jo Walton

Eric Ravilious has been described as the greatest English water colourist of the 20th Century and his images of the landscape and of everyday objects attract passionate devotees.  He was an artist who combined a love of the landscape with a fascination for different types of transport – from trains, old cars and gypsy caravans to the aircraft and destroyers he depicted as an Official War Artist in his precise, dry watercolours.

Saturday 3rd February 2024 at 10.00 am – 12.30 pm:  a Special Interest Morning with two talks by Dr Tobias Capwell entitled ‘Radiance: Kings, Queens and the Art of Armour’ and ‘The Scoliotic Knight: Encounters with Richard III’.  Toby is Curator of Arms and Armour at the Wallace Collection in London and an internationally acknowledged authority on Medieval and Renaissance weapons. In 2015, Toby had the historic honour of serving as one of the two fully armoured horsemen escorting the remains of King Richard III from the battlefield at Bosworth to their final resting place in Leicester Cathedral. Tickets cost £17.50 to include refreshments.  To book, please visit

Wednesday 28th February 2024 at 2.00 pm: The Corsican Adventurer – Images of Napoleon – with Nicole Mezey   

Inspired by the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo, this lecture examines competing images of Bonaparte by those who loved him, and those who did not.  Napoleon, a master of self-publicity, used an array of great artists to create and disseminate an image of himself as a semi-divine leader; military inspiration, thoughtful statesman and omniscient Emperor.  For the English, however, Bonaparte was the ‘bogey-man’, and caricaturists used scorn and laughter to spread defiance to the mass market.  This lecture considers the experiences on both sides of the military divide, in a war of the arts almost as fierce as that on the battlefields.

Meetings are held at Cranleigh Arts Centre. Non-members are welcome to join us at a talk as a guest. No commitment, but a donation is appreciated! 

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