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Lectures Programme

The Arts Society Isle of Man arrange an annual programme of lectures. Speakers from the Isle of Man, the UK and further afield present lectures covering a wide range of subjects including decorative arts, individual artists, art movements, music, architecture and history.

Owing to Coronavirus restrictions on travel, lectures by UK based lecturers will be delivered by Zoom until the Isle of Man Government permits unrestricted travel to and from the UK. The option to attend Zoom lectures at the Manx Museum lecture hall will be kept under review.

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TO SMILE OR NOT TO SMILE: THOMAS LAWRENCE'S PORTRAIT OF QUEEN CHARLOTTE

TO SMILE OR NOT TO SMILE: THOMAS LAWRENCE'S PORTRAIT OF QUEEN CHARLOTTE

17th May 2022

11.30 a.m.

Speaker: Steven Barrett

Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-183) was aged only twenty when commissioned to paint Queen Charlotte. The portrait is one of the greatest of royal portraits, an image of a queen both subtle and majestic.

Unfortunately, Queen Charlotte disliked it, and she and George III considered it unsuitable or the Royal Collection.

Lawrence’s portrait had broken one of the tacit rules of royal portraiture as it showed the Queen with a wistful expression, half-smiling and distracted. Steven’s lecture explores the surprising history of Lawrence’s encounter with Queen Charlotte and the intriguing reasons for her dislike of the finished portrait.

A newly accredited Arts Society lecturer, Steven Barrett has lectured at the National Gallery since 2004, as well as lecturing for other institutions. He is also a painter.

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