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London, United Kingdom
Artists have long played an important role in the theatre; as scene painter and designer, but also as portraitist. This lecture will introduce specific moments when the artist and actor have collided: from William Hogarth and David Garrick, to Sir Thomas Lawrence and John Philip Kemble, through to the invention of photography. Illustrations from the great theatrical collections will explore how the painters visualised the actors of the past and preserved a glimpse behind the curtains.
Marcus Risdell is an art-historian who has worked in several theatrical portrait collections, including the Mander & Mitchenson Theatre Collection (now at the Bristol Theatre Collections) and the Garrick Club (where he was for many years its Librarian and Curator). As a practising ethnomusicologist he recently undertook field work in French Polynesia searching for the origins of the Tahitian ukulele. He is also a mountaineer.
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