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November 2019 Newsletter
Friday 01 November 2019

Hello Everyone,

What a splendid lecture we had last month and I’m sure this month’s lecture will be just as good.

As many of you already know I spend quite a large amount of my time on the Exe Estuary where there are magnificent sunsets and I’ve often said if I were to paint the colours which I see when I'm there then people would think I was exaggerating the colours not only of the sky but also the water. Turner was such a fantastic painter of both the sea and sky so I am really looking forward very much to the November lecture to be given by Douglas Skeggs about the life and art of this outstanding  English painter.

At the age of ten Turner travelled out to Brentford to stay with his uncle. It was the first time he’d seen the open countryside.  Born in 1775, the son of a barber, he was brought up in the bustling market place of Covent Garden; the only landscape he knew as a child was the misty reaches of the Thames. That first, momentous vision of nature set the course of his career and, as a young man, he walked hundreds of miles across southern England, the Lake district and Scotland, recording his observations in rapid drawings and watercolours that he worked up later into full scale paintings. At the turn of the century he became the youngest member of the Royal Academy and his romantic interpretations of stately homes and sweeping parkland became the cherished possessions of the English aristocracy. His love of travel took him to Europe and, at the age of 44, he made his first trip to Italy in search of the clear light he’d seen in paintings by Claude Lorrain. It made a powerful impression on him and from then on the mountain passes of the Alps, the pines of Rome, the canals of Venice became part of his mythical world of mist and vapour, shimmering light and deep shadow. At the time of his death in 1851, Turner stood alone in English painting; a master of technique, colour theory and perspective with a near spiritual comprehension of nature - the giant of Romantic Art.

Our trip to the John Rutter Concert is almost upon us and I am sure everyone who booked on time is anticipating a wonderful experience as I am. At Christmastime last year I went to a John Rutter concert which was excellent but this year I am really looking forward to being in St. Paul's Cathedral with the combination of fantastic music in such an iconic place. Just a reminder that the concert is on the 14th November and the coach will leave promptly at 5.30p.m. from the King George V playing field car park.  I would suggest that you arrive about 5.15p.m.  You will already have your ticket receipts and you will be given your actual concert seat tickets on the coach.

Look forward to seeing you all at the next lecture on Wednesday, 13th November.

Best wishes