When we think British Art, flowery portraits and rolling landscapes spring to mind... Not here! Over two hours I will show you the masterpieces of English painting as I tell the story of the making of modern Britain... From Hogarth to Turner, war with the French and several key works from the Pre-Raphaelites movement -highlighting the chillingly tragic story of Millais' Ophelia, amongst other stories of dubious Victorian morality and vice.... We will explore the impact of Japanese art on the Victorians, the power of Cubism-by-the-sea and the impact of trauma in visual memory from two world wars. Break away from the crowds of the Tate Modern and the British Museum and join me a Professional Art Historian in the home of English Art!
I'm Freddie; Tour Guide, Storyteller and Postgraduate Specialist in Modern British Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art. Having worked as a Tour Guide for the last five years I have had the pleasure of leading government delegates, Grammy award winners and Hollywood stars around galleries, stately homes and urban backstreets to show them why I think London is the greatest city in the world and the Tate Britain is the best gallery in the city!
The tour will take place at the Tate Britain on Millbank ; we will explore the Victorian rooms together before moving onto the chronological rooms of the 20th Century. We will analyse a mixture of paintings and sculptures before finishing two hours later in time for lunch.
A notepad and pen or pencil
We will finish the tour around 12:30; the Tate Britain has both a cafe and a restaurant that offer lunch if you desire. The nearest tube stations are Pimlico (Victoria Line 5 minute walk or Westminster (Jubilee, Circle District Line 10 minute walk)
See Tate Britain with an Art Historian