Organised by the London Events Volunteer Fundraising Committee

Back to the wall – mural painting in 20th Century Britain

  • The Wallace Collection |
  • Talk |
  • Thursday, 22 June 2017 - 14:30 until 15:30

After 1900, a new enthusiasm for mural painting was given a boost in 1951 by the Festival of Britain, where around 100 murals were shown. Twentieth century murals spanned the range of styles, among them narrative and symbolic painting which has generally been neglected as an aspect of the period. Found in public buildings, schools, churches and private houses many have been destroyed, and others remain at risk. Muralists included John Piper, Ben Nicholson, Bridget Riley, Rex Whistler and Mary Adshead. Hans Feibusch was best known for his murals in Anglican Churches. A painter of murals himself, Alan Powers is a historian of art and architecture of the period.

This is the fifth lecture in a series focusing on frescoes and murals from Ancient Egypt to 20th Century Britain. You might also like to consider these lectures:

Art for an Afterlife: ancient Egyptian tomb scenes

From Creation to Last Judgement in the Sistine Chapel

The Painted Monasteries of Romania

Whispering Walls

This event has been organised by the London Events Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.

Venue details

The Wallace Collection
Hertford House, Manchester Square London W1U 3BN