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Autumn Lecture Series

Compton Verney's Curious Collections

Tue, 29 Sep, 13 Oct, 17 Nov & 15 Dec

Find out more about the stories behind our diverse art collection and remarkable grounds in these in-focus lectures.

As a COVID secure venue, we can welcome audiences in a socially distanced manner, maintaining social bubbles of no more than 6 people. Audience members will be seated in their bubbles in our spacious Adam Hall, two metres apart, and seating capacity will be limited.

In the event of a tightening of restrictions, these lectures will be delivered online as zoom webinars, with the opportunity to participate in discussion with curators at the end of the lecture.

Access All Areas Members & Local Pass Holders, £15 per person per lecture
Non-Members, £20 per person per lecture (includes Grounds Admission)

Barge-ware pottery teapot, by Mason, 1891 © Compton Verney, photo by Harminder Judge

Marco and Lamb’s Curio Collection
Tue 17 Nov, 2pm – 3pm
Speaker: Penelope Sexton, Senior Curator

Enid Marx (aka Marco) was one of Britain’s foremost 20th century designers, well-known for her early designs of London Underground seating. Throughout her life she was a passionate champion and collector of Folk and Popular Art and co-authored important books about Folk Art with historian Dr Margaret Lambert (aka Lamb). Following an inspirational visit to Compton Verney during its renovation in 1995, Marx bequeathed the Marx-Lambert Collection to us. This lecture will give an insight into their collecting passions and how the collection inspired Marx’s own stunning designs.

A Farmer and his Prize Heifer © Compton Verney, photo by Jamie Woodley

A Passion for Collecting: Folk Art at Compton Verney

Tue 15 Dec, 2pm – 3pm
Speaker: Annelise Hone, Collections Manager

Compton Verney’s Folk Art collection is hugely enjoyed for its accessibility and variety: outsize trade signs, weathervanes, wool pictures, furniture and paintings of misshapen animals. But how was the collection formed, who were the characters behind this, and what were their motivations?  Join Annelise Hone to discover how 20th century Hungarian émigré art dealer Andras Kalman became captivated by these unpretentious paintings and objects, built up an unrivalled collection, and helped to ensure that Folk Art is no longer regarded as  ‘the endangered species of the English Art World’.

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