This day explores how the greatest of British Romantic landscape painters, Constable and Turner, strove to outdo the poetic visions, and magical effects of light, of 17th-century landscapists, among them Claude and Poussin.
The National Gallery in London has the finest collection of 17th-century landscape in the world, while Tate Britain displays the largest collection of Turner.
This includes lunch at the National Restaurant, mid-morning and mid-afternoon refreshments and one taxi journey.
This day provides a splendid survey of the Arts & Crafts movement, with excellent examples in many media.
It begins with the 1859 Red House at Bexleyheath – as did the Movement – designed by Philip Webb for the Morris family.
Other places seen are a City pub (the Black Friar), a Chelsea church (Holy Trinity Sloane Street), a dining room in South Kensington (in the V&A, for which it was made), a Hammersmith home (Emery Walker’s) and a wallpaper factory in Chiswick. (Among the present occupants are Martin Randall Travel, and participants are invited in for a drink.)
This rather special London Day unlocks some of the grandest historic interiors and reveals a concatenation of architectural glories and significant sites which have probably never been cajoled into a single-day sequence before.
They are scattered across London from the City to Westminster, and across time from mediaeval to Inter-War.
The lecturer, Gavin Stamp, is a leading authority on British architecture, and a prolific author and columnist.